Missing Migrant Boat Found As Two Countries Offer Shelter


Migrants found by the BBC last week drifting off the coast of Thailand have been rescued by Indonesian fishermen. A BBC reporter who reached the boat says it is filthy and insect infested. The engine broke down last week. BBC has more:

In a significant change, Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to offer temporary shelter to 7,000 migrants stranded in the Andaman Sea.

Nearly 3,000 Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants have come to shore in recent weeks, but many have been turned away.

Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Anifah Aman announced the change after emergency talks in Kuala Lumpur with his Indonesian and Thai counterparts on the growing humanitarian crisis. It was a surprise move by Malaysia and Indonesia to offer temporary shelter immediately to 7,000 migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar – they have been towing the boats out of their waters for weeks.