Rohingya : Part IIBy Bangkok Pundit Feb 04, 2009 12:02AM UTC
Indonesia’s navy picked up 198 starving, dehydrated boat people from Myanmar who said they drifted for three weeks after authorities in Thailand forced them to sea in a boat without an engine, an official said Tuesday.Twenty-two others died on the small wooden vessel during the crossing, the survivors told Indonesian officials.It was the latest in a string of accusations that Thai authorities have been habitually abusing boat people fleeing the military dictatorship in Myanmar by abandoning them to die at sea. Thailand has repeatedly denied the accusations.Indonesian fishermen discovered the 40-foot (12-meter) boat off Aceh’s coast in northern Sumatra and towed it to shore Monday, navy officer Tedi Sutardi told The Associated Press. The passengers had run out of food and water.“They were standing on the boat for 21 days because there was no space to sit,” Sutardi said. “It is a miracle they survived.”At least 91 were admitted to the Idirayeuk General Hospital in weak condition due to “lack of fluid and malnutrition,” hospital director Edie Gunawan said. A 13-year-old boy was among those with severe dehydration, said emergency nurse Muji, who goes by one name like many Indonesians.
BP: Newley has links to some other stories about the second wave. Will there be any more such findings?