Sea of blame, no haven for Asia's migrants

The New Zealand Herald | .

The waters off some of Southeast Asia's most pristine beaches are the focal point of a regional humanitarian crisis. Yet nobody is rushing to solve it.

More than 1600 migrants and refugees have landed on the shores of Malaysia and Indonesia in the past week and thousands more are believed to have been abandoned at sea, floating on boats with little or no food after traffickers literally jumped ship fearing a crackdown.

These aren't just any migrants; they are the pariahs of Asia. Many are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Burma along with some Bangladeshis.

By some estimates there are still 6000 out at sea, but no country appears willing to take them in.

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