Burma Times Correspondent: May 09, 2015
A teenager missing for six months informed his family and friends in Leda refugee camp he is still alive.
Family and friends of Md Ali (15) s/o Md Amin had no idea about his whereabouts as he went missing in October. Ali had gone to work as an agricultural day labourer in Baharchera but did not come back.
On Wednesday, an astounded family wept tears of joy when Ali called them and said he was in Thailand. Ali had been rescued by Thai police during a raid on Songkhla last week. From there with the help of local refugees, he managed to contact his family in Leda.
Ali says that he was having tea after the day’s work at a shop by the sea when human traffickers forced him on a boat. Once in Thailand he was asked to contact his family and told to pay a ransom. When Ali said he did not know his family’s contact number, they planned to sell him as a slave labour.
Ali’s family said they were stunned to know he was in Thailand. They were beginning to think he would never be seen again. Although Ali awaits a long process on Thailand, they are happy to know he is alive.
In recent days, Thai police have rescued more than a hundred Rohingyas and Bangladeshis held captive by human traffickers.