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Updated 2:12 PM EST, Wed, Jan 29, 2020

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A Thousand Survivors of Violence, Hunger at Sea Land in Southeast Asia: A ‘Humanitarian Crisis’

Rohingya migrants

(Photo : Reuters) There are reportedly more than 1,000 migrants who are running away from persecution in Myanmar and hunger in Bangladesh.

There are reportedly more than 1,000 migrants who are running away from persecution in Myanmar and hunger in Bangladesh. The weak and dehydrated migrants who landed in Southeast Asia's different places suffered from extortion, killings and starvation during the fleeing at sea.

According to Associated Press, there are still thousands of migrants believed to be stranded at sea. This becomes a humanitarian, "boat people" crisis that no country from Southeast Asian region is rushing to save the weak, hungry, dehydrated and stranded migrants.

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Moreover, the United Nations was alarmed and urging the Southeast Asian region to put human lives of migrants first before anything else. Furthermore, the U.S. urged Southeast Asian governments not to pushed back boat arrivals carrying the migrants.

According to Yahoo News, Myanmar's government spokesperson Ye Hunt said that human trafficking victims easily claim that they are from Myanmar. "We cannot say that the migrants are from Myanmar unless we can identify them," Hunt said. "Most victims of human trafficking claim they are from Myanmar as it is very easy and convenient for them," he added.

The first official comments of Myanmar about the issue said that it would not take back migrants who claim to be Rohingya Muslims, those who are denied Myanmar's citizenship; they are stateless, Yahoo News reported.

Meanwhile, United Nations high commissioner for human rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein said that pushing back and turning the boats away was "incomprehensible and inhumane." "I am appalled at reports that Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have been pushing boats full of vulnerable migrants back out to sea," he said. "The focus should be on saving lives, not further endangering them," he added.

William Lacy, the director general of International Organization for Migration, urged the governments in Southeast Asian region to help the migrants. He also said that IOM was releasing $1 million to help those migrants who are in shore and those who are still stranded and added that they should let the migrants land first for the sake of humanity.

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