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Gambia agrees to resettle Rohingya migrants stranded at sea

by Anna K. Poole
Posted 5/20/15, 11:53 am

For Muslim Rohingyas, one of the most persecuted people groups in the world, today’s horizon has a flash of hope. Late Tuesday, Gambia’s government agreed to resettle the stateless Rohingyas fleeing state-sanctioned oppression in Myanmar. 

“As human beings, more so fellow Muslims, it is sacred duty to help alleviate the untold hardships and sufferings [they] are confronted with,” said Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. 

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Castaway human-trafficking victims denied refuge on Malaysian shores

Human Trafficking
by Anna K. Poole
Posted 5/13/15, 11:20 am

A spiraling humanitarian crisis grips Southeast Asia as Malaysia and Indonesia have refused refuge to boats packed with Bangladeshis and Muslim Rohingyas, victims of Thai smuggling rings. Spooked by a recent regional crackdown on human trafficking, marine-based captors jetted away on speedboats, leaving their human cargo with little food, water, or navigational guidelines. Passengers are indefinitely trapped in floating prisons, even though some family members have shelled out ransom money of $2,000 or more.

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Midday Roundup: Singing hymns, convicts face Indonesian firing squad

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/29/15, 12:03 pm

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