• 300 Vietnamese trapped by Myanmar fighting sent home: government

    Vietnam said Tuesday it had repatriated more than 300 of its citizens from conflict zones in Myanmar, many of them trafficked or tricked into working in online gambling establishments.

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  • Gangs, extortion in Bangladesh camps driving Rohingya sea exodus

    The threat of violence—and food shortages—have made conditions in Bangladesh increasingly unbearable for Rohingya refugees living there

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  • More Rohingya refugees land in Indonesia, pushing weekly total past 1,000

    Around 200 Rohingya refugees arrived in Indonesia’s westernmost province by sea overnight, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said Wednesday, bringing the total number of arrivals in the last week to more than 1,000. Thousands of the mostly Muslim Rohingya, a persecuted minority from Myanmar, risk their lives each year on long and expensive sea journeys, often in flimsy boats, to try to reach Malaysia or Indonesia. The latest group, which included men, women and children, landed in the small city of Sabang in Aceh Province at the tip of northern Sumatra at around 11pm local time on Tuesday.“The mayor, he said 200. He informed us about the disembarkation. The team will depart to Sabang early tomorrow morning,” UNHCR protection associate Faisal Rahman told AFP. Members of the local community said the number could be higher, with estimates as high as 360 refugees landing, said Rahman. Locals in Aceh last week turned away several boat arrivals from Bangladesh, saying they did not have the resources to accept the desperate refugees who in most cases have spent weeks at sea. Images and footage seen by AFP showed the latest arrivals sitting in rows on a beach in Sabang instead of being…

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  • More than 500 Rohingya refugees land in Indonesia

    Some of the refugees who arrived on Sunday had been pushed back out to sea late last week

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  • Around 250 Rohingya refugees reach Indonesia’s west on decrepit boat

    Some of those on board made a dash for shore after residents refused to let them land, begging for the vessel's exhausted passengers to be allowed to disembark

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