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76 Rohingya Found Adrift Off Indonesia

9 April 2013

Indonesian police said they have found 76 hungry, dehydrated Rohingya asylum seekers who fled Burma in a rickety boat hobbled by a storm. Local police chief Lt. Col. Djadjuli said fishermen towed the boat to shore on Monday after discovering it off Indonesia’s westernmost Aceh province. The group—all members of the ethnic Rohingya minority— included five women and five children. One migrant told investigators they were fleeing sectarian violence in Burma, hoping to seek asylum in Australia. Many Rohingya have left Buddhist-majority Burma, which considers them illegal Muslim settlers from neighboring Bangladesh.—AP

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