Smugglers leave thousands at sea
Boats carrying nearly 600 Bangladeshis and long-persecuted Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar landed in western Indonesia yesterday, with some migrants in desperate need of food and medical care, charity officials said. Thousands more are believed to be stranded at sea.
Steve Hamilton, of the International Organization for Migration, said of the four vessels that arrived, three had been abandoned by the smugglers and the other ran out of fuel. Attacks by Buddhist mobs in the last three years have forced an estimated 100,000 people to flee.