Human ping-pong

[ by Charles Cameron – reports from the twitter-stream — and this is only the game as played at sea ]

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An estimated 6,000 to 20,000 Rohingya migrants are at sea, fleeing ethnic persecution at home. http://t.co/mcb2atItoM pic.twitter.com/EgBMmTR5Pc

— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) May 15, 2015

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In more detail:

Migrant crisis engulfs south-east Asia as countries play 'human ping-pong' http://t.co/KLOxVKdXoq

— The Guardian (@guardian) May 14, 2015

The Rohingya migrants so desperate they are drinking their own urine http://t.co/rtc2d29DMx (via @pakhead) pic.twitter.com/PBWmLDbC97

— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 14, 2015

Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand..no one wants boats packed with 100's of migrants & refugees washing up on their shores http://t.co/1N75FYKIi8

— Ivan Watson (@IvanCNN) May 15, 2015

Just like boats full of Jewish refugees in the 1940s, the Rohingya refugees are met with callous indifference & turned away to die.

— Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) May 16, 2015

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Meanwhile, in the Mediterranean:

>1,800 died at sea fleeing across #Mediterranean in first 4 months of 2105: IOM. http://t.co/OVWZvQPK1C pic.twitter.com/wEhXCHKnsl v @KenRoth

— Raza Rumi (@Razarumi) May 12, 2015

#IslamicState militants smuggled into #Europe by #Mediterranean gangs- hide IS militants on boats with #migrants. https://t.co/pSxrCzve64

— Robert Morton (@Robert4787) May 17, 2015

1,441 migrants rescued in 2 weeks. READ the full press release here: http://t.co/bz2TmpoQ6H #MOAS #Mediterranean pic.twitter.com/xdMcIStfaT

— MOAS (@moas_eu) May 16, 2015

"We would rather die eaten by fish than by worms" http://t.co/OR2AejqotA #Mediterranean pic.twitter.com/NsThopieLI

— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) May 9, 2015

2 comments on this post.
  1. Duke of Qin:

    These people are not refugees, but rather benefits seekers. There are plenty of adjacent countries where they could go if immediate safety were their primary concern, but they are generally as poor and dysfunctional as their homelands so they strike for richer pastures. The “Rohingya” could of course go back to Bangladesh, i.e. their 19th century urheimat, but they choose to make for much wealthier Malaysia and points beyond.

    Ms. Tsurkov’s comment is telling though for all the wrong reasons. It is a sterling example of dishonesty in rewriting history. It was more Jewish fickleness than American callousness that caused the deaths of the Jews who returned to Europe on those ships. They didn’t have to go back, but the countries that were willing to take them in such as the Dominican Republic, were too poor and “beneath” them so they chose to return to prosperous Europe rather than settle.

  2. Grurray:

    “The “Rohingya” could of course go back to Bangladesh”
    Of course they could go there but they would starve, contract deadly diseases, be sold into slavery, or just killed for any variety of reasons regardless of the language they speak.
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    “They didn’t have to go back, but the countries that were willing to take them in such as the Dominican Republic, were too poor and “beneath” them so they chose to return to prosperous Europe rather than settle.”
    Eventually Jewish refugees came to settle in the DR when it was clear there was little other choice. However, for the MS St. Louis in 1939, it didn’t look like a good option because of the brutal nature of the regime
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_Trujillo#Oppression

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    If you’re going to make a difficult journey like that, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to go from the frying pan into the fire.