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UN Reports Increase in Boat People Fleeing Myanmar, Bangladesh

UN Reports Increase in Boat People Fleeing Myanmar, Bangladesh   A new U.N. report points to a sharp increase in numbers of boat people mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma, and Bangladesh. Activists fear a further surge of refugee boat people, especially ethnic Rohingya fleeing squalid refugee camps and persecution in Myanmar. The report by the U.N. High Commission for Refugees says from June 2013 to June 2014 more than 53,000 people have fled by sea from the Bangladesh-Myanmar border region, an increase of 60 percent from the previous year. More than 20,000 boat people fled in the first six months of this year, headed toward the Malaysia-Thailand border or on to Indonesia and Australia. Chris Lewa, a rights activist and researcher on the ethnic Rohingya of Myanmar's western...
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