Burma Times Correspondent, February 04, 2015
Local Muslims in Nakhon Sri Thammarat’s Hua Sai district reacted angrily to the decision by Thai authorities to relocate Rohingyas where they had stayed for 22 days.
Thai Muslims had been providing their Burmese counterparts with food and relief products and had raised funds to accommodate the refugees for at least three months. The sudden reallocation to a secret location was done without prior information to local Thai Muslims.
Many Rohingya families were divided in the reallocation process.
Incidentally 98 Rohingyas were discovered in the backs of five pickup trucks on January 12, 2015. One woman had suffocated to death in the journey.
Thailand has been criticised by rights groups for abuses committed against Rohingya refugees fleeing brutal persecution at home. They have also been accused of collaborating with trafficking gangs who ransom the escapees to camps in Thailand before sending them to Malaysia.