Burma Times Correspondent: May 13, 2015
A passenger aboard a ship stranded near the resort island of Langkawi has called to inform that eight of their fellow passengers have died from starvation. He says that when traffickers abandoned the ship five days back, they took all the remaining food rations with them.
Shahid Ullah, a resident of Garaita Bil in Maungdaw made this call on Wednesday requesting help from Malaysia or any other nation. He says there will be more deaths especially among the infants on the ship unless they are rescued today.
There are an estimated 90 children among the 700 passengers on the boat. There are also 80 women on board.
Many of the women have been raped on the ship. When a few passengers protested, they were beaten to death. Six have been murdered in this manner when the traffickers were on board the ship.
Five passengers have also died due to diseases on board. Altogether 19 are feared dead.
The calls comes amidst Malaysia’s refusal to allow desperate migrants to land on their shores.