Migrants left to starve at sea in Southeast Asia
A boat filled with around 380 men, women and children was found off the coast of Thailand. Those on board say the ship's traffickers and captain escaped, leaving without rice or water. No country is willing to take in the thousands of people, fleeing persecution and poverty, who are thought to be adrift in seas in Southeast Asia.
Class discussion: Most of the migrants are from the Rohingya ethnic minority. Where do they come from? Which countries have turned back the boatloads of migrants? Why? Can you find other examples of “boat people”? In 1939, Cuba and the United States turned away a refugee ship, the SS St. Louis. What happened to many of its passengers?
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