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Baby Born on Rohingya Refugee Boat

1 February 2013

A Rohingya woman gave birth to a baby boy on a boat filled with 110 refugees, AFP reports. The boat sank in the Thailand’s coastal waters near the southwestern province of Phang Nga and the refugees were picked up by Thai authorities. “Among them there was a new-born baby, aged around a week up to 10 days old,” local official Manit Pienthong told AFP. “They told us a baby was born in a boat. We sent the baby to hospital for a check-up – the baby is fine.” Mother and child were taken into care of immigration authorities. Thousands of Muslim Rohingya’s have been fleeing west Burma in boats in recent months to escape tensions with Buddhist communities.