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UN implores South East Asian nations to help starving migrants stranded at sea

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2728 (Published 19 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2728
  1. Jocalyn Clark
  1. 1Dhaka

A Rohingya boy who recently arrived in Indonesia by boat has his picture taken for identification purposes at a shelter in Kuala Langsa in Aceh province

Roni Bintang/Reuters

The secretary general of the United Nations sounded the alarm on 17 May about a deepening humanitarian crisis, as thousands of migrants fleeing persecution or poverty in Myanmar and Bangladesh remained stranded in the Indian Ocean and Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand refused to allow them to land.

Ban-Ki Moon said that he had urged government leaders in South East Asia to uphold international law and …

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