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Call me whatever names you wish, but my sympathy just ran out for these oppressed people, because of two paragraphs. "Two large families contain all the children. Nine of them belong to two sisters, travelling with one husband and nine children.
Posted by DuncanB on January 2, 2013 17:36
Perhaps you should do a little research on your own family tree, Duncan. In the West, there have been times when large families were encouraged - eight, 10, 12, the larger the better, whether rich or whether dirt poor. We don't call people names, however let me say that you do seem to suffer from a superiority complex that appears to be undeserved.
Another local online news reports about this issue that phuket governor claimed the group asked to be repatriated by themselves. Is PW aware of such claim ?
Posted by paul on January 2, 2013 18:04
The Governor explained this morning why the boatpeople could not be allowed to continue their journey by sea. He was speaking in response to a question from a Phuketwan reporter. Someone else at the meeting said they had already been sent back, which at that stage wasn't true. We checked. The tears this afternoon reveal they didn't want to go back.
Sounds like Pk authorities/navy tried to give genuine help, but someone stopped it. Heartbreaking to think what will happen to these people.
Posted by James on January 2, 2013 19:15
As usual, PW has the balls to report the facts, where as the other major English language outlet toes the official line.
Posted by Andrew on January 2, 2013 20:03
DuncanB people have children for many reasons. I don't know where you are but one of the reasons you might also consider if in a country where there are limited benefits for the elderly children can provide financial assistance. Open your mind up and maybe you might be less ignorant.
Posted by Happy Farang on January 2, 2013 21:30
Ed, why did you not print my other comment?
Posted by Happy Farang on January 2, 2013 21:52
We've published all recent comments from this email address. If you are complaining about a comment sent from another email address, you are trying it on, Happy Farang.
It does appear that their resident country, Myanmar, their descendant country Bangladesh, Asean countries, the UN seem to have little interest in helping these people or at the very least aschieving any postive results for them. Even in the Middle East where there is often fighting and wars minorities get more attention. This is very strange.
Posted by Happy Farang on January 2, 2013 22:44
The Rohingya say they are from Burma and have lived there for centuries. Why do you describe Bangladesh as ''their descendant country''? Do you support the false claims of the Burmese government in backing the racists in Rakhine state?
Ed, your obviously want to help these people but your attitude is terrible. Glad you are not at the UN.
Posted by Happy Farang on January 3, 2013 00:25
You may think our ''attitude is terrible,'' Happy Farang, whatever that is supposed to mean. Burma wants the Rohingya obliterated and your references to Bangladesh and the Middle East are what the racists want to read, as the UN could tell you.
Thank you James.
Posted by Lena on January 3, 2013 00:38
... they couldn't have given them fuel and sent them on there way ? If I was the capt of that boat that intercepted them I would have helped them to continue on there way considering the genocide that has been going on in Burma of these people .. I can't imagine they will be treated with much love by Burmese authorities ... I knew many guys when I was in the military that went against da rules to help others Lena ..
Posted by da capT on January 3, 2013 10:42
I have to kind of agree with DuncanB, if life is hard, try not to make it harder by breeding children you cannot afford and will have to suffer the heartache of seeing them suffer with you.
Posted by May on January 3, 2013 12:13
Population control for the poor? Do I have to tell you where that leads next, May?
I'm not saying a government controlled population control. Just saying as an individual thought, if I am having a hard life and it's likely to get harder, I would be thinking twice about having kids. Then again, where would they get their birth control from since they probably cannot afford it nor are educated enough to think that far? It's a damn vicious cycle....
Posted by May on January 3, 2013 17:16
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