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WATCH: Boatload of desperate Rohingya refugees turned away by Malaysia

PortandTerminal.com, April 26, 2020

The UN issued a plea for the international community to take urgent action after dozens died on the journey.

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – BBC is reporting that a boat carrying hundreds of Rohingya refugees was turned away by Malaysia over fears of COVID-19.

Shocking video shows terrified, starving refugees finally being brought to shore in Bangladesh – unaccompanied children amongst them. The refugees were reportedly forced to drink seawater to stay alive and had been stranded at sea for months.

Even a predominantly Muslim country Malaysia, refused to provide entry to Rohingya refugees.

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It is believed that hundreds of more people are still stuck at sea.

Boat filled with refugees
This handout photo released on April 5, 2020 by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency shows a wooden boat carrying suspected Rohingya migrants detained in Malaysian territorial waters off the island of Langkawi, Malaysia.
Credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency via AP

In a similar incident, on April 16, more than 300 Rohingya men, women, and children were brought ashore in Teknaf, Bangladesh after several weeks at sea. Survivors say they were also pushed back by Malaysian authorities.

In August 2017, a deadly crackdown by Myanmar’s army on Rohingya Muslims sent hundreds of thousands fleeing across the border into Bangladesh.  The country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, once a human rights icon, has repeatedly denied allegations of genocide.

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