Dec 30 (bdnews24.com)— The 128 Rohingyas, whose boat drifted into
India's Andaman islands earlier this month, say they don't want to go
back to Myanmar.
Authorities in the Andaman archipelago say
the Rohingyas were trying to reach Malaysia from Myanmar's Rakhine
state, but their boat drifted towards the Andamans.
came ashore at Narcoddum islands on Dec 9. Indian coast guards who
intercepted the boat were told by the Rohingyas that they were trying to
"They said their condition in Myanmar is
desperate and so they want to reach Malaysia. But now they are stuck
here in the Andamans," said an Indian official.
are in a fix. The Rohingyas are determined not to return to Myanmar
because they anticipate trouble if they are handed back. Malaysia, or
any other country, will not take them for obvious reasons. India can
only keep them for some time.
Hundreds of Muslim Rohingyas
are trying to flee from Myanmar's Rakhine state ever since the riots
between them and Buddhist Rakhines erupted in summer and then again in
autumn. Close to 80,000 of them have been rendered homeless and herded
into makeshift camps by Myanmar authorities. Many have died at sea when
their boats capsized.