A dangerously overcrowded boat containing desperate Rohingya Muslims fleeing the growing sectarian violence against them by Rakhine Buddhists has capsized with 100 people reported missing. But whether the boat sank because of the weight of bodies or because it struck rocks remains unclear.
A Bangladesh Border Guard told the AFP news agency that the vessel was heading illegally to Malaysia when it went down earlier today around 15km off the southern Cox's Bazaar coastal district. So far " 11 survivors have been rescued with the help of local fishermen and a search and rescue operation is under way,"
Hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled Myanmar in the past twenty years to escape persecution, often heading to neighbouring Bangladesh. But Bangladesh has been turning away boatloads of fleeing Rohingya, saying that they are at capacity with 300,000 refugees and can't take any more. But the Myanmar government and general populace, consider the Rohingya to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
Which in turn, has prompted criticism from the United Nations, who call the Rohinhya refugees The world's most forgotten people and say that Bangladesh and Aung Suu Kyi seriously could do more to help these people.
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