A desperate thirst


By Soe Zeya Tun for Reuters

This shot is of a group of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants from a boat carrying 734 people rescued off Myanmar’s southern coast last week. Those on board had been at sea for more than two months, at the end with little food or water.

The men in this photo were part of a group of about 400 crammed into a warehouse by Myanmar police. They had arrived the day before, but while the women, children and some men had already been moved, these men were left behind.

There was no sign of the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR or foreign aid agencies.

Just moments before this shot, the sky opened up and the monsoon rains started coming down. The men were jostling with each other for space to catch water in their bottles and plates.

Read more at Reuters / The Wider Image

Categories: Asia, Bangladesh, Ethnic discrimination, History, Human rights, Islam, Islamophobia, Myanmar, Politics, Religious persecution, Sociology, World history, World news


3 replies

  1. Got human rights? Rights that aren’t enforced or protected are purely hypothetical. Most of the human beings on this planet have few if any rights. Human rights is a nice idea. Talk is cheap; and unfortunately so is human life for far too many.

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    • Another crises the world will cover in the press, blogs, and social media and not do anything nearly adequate to help with the situation. The fact were talking means were at least thinking about the crisis and care enough to think it worthy of our time and concern. Every action started out first as ideas. Inspiring change can be a powerful thing in itself. For one can not solve a problem until they are made aware of it and understand it. That is the role I see the press and bloggers play.

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  2. Hi, Alan. I absolutely agree. If we do nothing else we at least help keep these important stories and issues on the front page. I don’t underestimate the significance of what we do. Every dictator now targets social media because they recognize its power to inform people of the truth and the threat that such knowledge poses to their power.

    I was very much impressed by the power of the photo essays of this Reuters feature, The Wider Image.

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