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That photo of the smiling young boy, hand on (presumably) his exhausted mother's shoulder, with the utter grief-filled look of the man in the foreground is powerful and heartbreaking. How can we help these people?
Posted by Lana on January 1, 2013 20:51
There's little hope of preventing them from being ''helped on.'' The Royal Thai Navy may be willing to take extra provisions out. You could hire a speedboat for a four-minute ride from Rawai to them. Departure time could be very early in the morning, though. Best let your government know your deep concern and hope something can be done eventually.
We would really like to know the fate of recently Rohingyas boat people which consist of small kids and many young women.I am afraid ,these groups also fall at
Posted by Maung Kyaw Nu,President,Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand,(BRAT) on January 2, 2013 10:36
As I sit here in my comfortable house, sipping coffee at the start of 2013 I am sobered and humbled to think that huge parts of our planet still has suffering like this. I can provide food and water. Is there a charity or organisation i can get in touch with?
Posted by Mr Man on January 2, 2013 12:43
Please drop by at Phuket Immigration in Phuket City . . . but you need to be quick.
I emailed the British consulate at http://ukinthailand.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/our-embassy/contact-us making my views known and asking the Ambassador to consider speaking to Burma, Bangladesh and all the ASEAN countries to try to solve this problem.
Posted by Mr Man on January 2, 2013 12:50
Only consistent pressure will work.
This is a no win situation. If these people are helped to integrate into Thai society the word will get back and even more people will risk their lives on the ocean.
Posted by Ty on January 2, 2013 13:16
Reports now say they are being repatriated back to Myanmar on their own request.
Posted by Ty on January 2, 2013 14:55
At 3.45pm, the Rohingya were being transferred into trucks. There were tears. This does not appear to be a trip these people want to make.
There is good coverage of this on Aljazeera today.After the Tsunami oil rich Muslim a nations stepped forward to help Muslim fishermen. Attracting the attention of charities such as The Kuwait Red Cross may help these desperate people.
Posted by Yvonne on January 2, 2013 15:18
Attracting the attention of any charity would help. So would attracting the attention of the UN. Attracting the attention of the region's politicians appears to be impossible.
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