Migrants rescued after four months at sea

  • Newly arrived migrants sit inside a truck that will take them to a temporary shelter, in Simpang Tiga, Aceh province, Indonesia, May 20, 2015. In a major diplomatic breakthrough that could ease Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis, Indonesia and Malaysia offered Wednesday to temporarily take in thousands of people who have been stranded at sea but appealed for international help, saying the crisis is a global, not regional, problem. 
  • A rescued migrant weeps upon arrival Simpang Tiga, Aceh province, Indonesia, May 20, 2015. Hundreds of migrants stranded at sea for months were rescued and taken to Indonesia, officials said Wednesday, the latest in a stream of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to reach shore in a growing crisis confronting Southeast Asia. 
  • Rescued migrants disembark from an Acehnese fishing boat upon arrival in Simpang Tiga, Aceh province, Indonesia, May 20, 2015. Hundreds of migrants stranded at sea for months were rescued and taken to Indonesia, officials said Wednesday, the latest in a stream of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to reach shore in a growing crisis confronting Southeast Asia. 
  • Rescued migrants rest as they are given food and drink upon arrival in Simpang Tiga, Aceh province, Indonesia, May 20, 2015. In a potential breakthrough in Southeast Asia’s humanitarian crisis, Indonesia and Malaysia offered Wednesday to provide temporary shelter to thousands of migrants stranded at sea after weeks of saying they weren’t welcome. But they appealed for international help, saying the crisis was a global, not a regional, problem. 
  • Migrants sit on their boat as they wait to be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia, May 20, 2015. Hundreds of migrants stranded at sea for months were rescued and taken to Indonesia, officials said Wednesday, the latest in a stream of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to reach shore in a growing crisis confronting Southeast Asia.
  • A rescued migrant weeps upon arrival in Simpang Tiga, Aceh province, Indonesia, May 20, 2015. 
  • Migrants sit on the deck of their boat as they wait to be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia, May 20, 2015. 
  • Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants bathe after arriving at the port in Julok village on May 20, 2015 in Kuta Binje, Aceh Province, Indonesia. Hundreds of Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees have arrived in Indonesia, many requiring medical attention. Thousands more are believed to still be stranded at sea reportedly with no country in the region willing to take them in. Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim community have long been persecuted and marginalized by Myanmar’s mostly Buddhist population. 
  • Rescued migrants weep upon arrival Simpang Tiga, Aceh province, Indonesia, May 20, 2015.
  • Migrants bathe after being rescued by Indonesian fishermen in Simpang Tiga, Aceh province, Indonesia, May 20, 2015. Hundreds of migrants stranded at sea for months have been rescued and taken to Indonesia, the latest in a stream of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to reach shore in a growing problem for Southeast Asia.
  • Acehnese fishermen are silhouetted by the rising sun as they rescue migrants who are stranded on their boat on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia, May 20, 2015.

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More than 370 migrants stranded at sea for months have been rescued and taken to Indonesia, the latest in a stream of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to reach shore in a growing problem for Southeast Asia.

“They were suffering dehydration, they are weak and starving,” Khairul Nove, head of Langsa Search and Rescue Agency in Indonesia’s Aceh province, said of one of the boats of migrants — with 102 people, including 26 women and 31 children.

That boat arrived late Tuesday. Another 272 migrants arrived on eight Indonesian fishing boats on Wednesday morning (local time).

- Associated Press

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