Published November 15, 2019, 9:59 AM
By Agence France-Presse
Bangladesh coast guards intercepted a wooden boat carrying 119 Rohingya refugees bound for Malaysia as it was about to sink, officials said Thursday, the latest in a spate of trafficking incidents this year.
Nearly one million Rohingya live in squalid camps near Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar, many fleeing the neighboring country after a brutal military crackdown began in 2017.
With few opportunities for jobs and education in the camps, thousands have attempted to reach other countries like Malaysia and Thailand.
The vessel was found in the Bay of Bengal, just off the coast of Bangladesh’s southern Saint Martin’s island, after a tip-off by fishermen, coast guard spokesman Saiful Islam told AFP.