At least 30 missing and 23 dead as boat sinks among the Rohingya

The Rohingya were fleeing the Rakhine capital, Sittwe
The Rohingya were fleeing the Rakhine capital, Sittwe
google news icon

After their boat sank, the bodies of 23 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state were found.

Eight persons are said to have survived the accident, but thirty more remain missing.

The survivors said they were trying to reach Malaysia when their boat carrying more than 50 passengers foundered and was abandoned by its crew on Sunday.

Every year thousands of Rohingyas attempt the perilous sea journey to Malaysia or Indonesia.

They are escaping persecution in Myanmar and overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh. Those who died this week include 13 women and 10 men, all Rohingya Muslims, a rescue team told BBC Burmese.


The Muslim Rohingyas are an ethnic minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar. Many of them fled to Bangladesh in 2017 to escape a campaign of genocide launched by the Burmese military. Those remaining in Myanmar too have been trying to flee since the military coup in 2021.

Survivors of the boat sinking this week recall being struck by a large wave near Rakhine’s capital, Sittwe.

They say the smugglers, who had been paid around $4,000 (£3,153) per person for the journey to Malaysia, then abandoned the boat. The bodies of the victims have been picked up by other boats, or washed up on the beach.

The long journey across the Andaman Sea in overcrowded fishing boats is always dangerous, but especially at this time of the year, at the peak of the monsoon storm season.

Most Rohingyas attempt to cross between the months of October and May.

They are willing to take the risk – and often sell their only assets, such as land, to fund the trip – because of the unrelentingly grim conditions in which they are forced to live, either as refugees in appallingly crowded camps over the border in Bangladesh, or subjected to discrimination and restrictions on their movement in Myanmar.


Next Post

‘The scouts were getting sicker and sicker’: inside the chaos of the world jamboree

Sat Aug 12 , 2023
Follow us on Google News to get latest news Moa Mannerström, a 23-year-old Swedish scout unit leader, was attempting to lift the spirits of her scouts as the 25th World Scout Jamboree in South Korea spiralled into turmoil due to oppressive heat, torrential rain, and poor organisation — eventually leading […]
Scouts leaving the World Scout Jamboree campsite after it was evacuated as a typhoon approached. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

You May Like

Subscribe Our Newsletter

Daily Dazzling Dawn is the first and only international and non-profitable newspaper, which is 100% ownership of professional journalists from Bangladeshi origin with 20 years of experience in global journalism. The main aim of the newspaper is promoting ethical journalism with truth, accuracy and proficiency.

Editor in Chief

Dulal Ahmed Chowdhury

Dulal Ahmed Chowdhury is the Editor of The Daily Dazzling Dawn. Previously, he has been serving in important positions in all the famous national dailies of the Bangladesh since the nineties. He has played a commendable role in journalism by participating in various events at the national and international levels. United Nations Conference, World Climate Conference, SAARC Summit are notable among them.

Quick Jump

error: Content is protected !!