Malaysia finds more graves and hu­man re­mains

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

Malaysian po­lice said on Sun­day they had found 24 hu­man skele­tons — all be­lieved to be vic­tims of traf­fick­ing — in newly dis­cov­ered graves along the Thai bor­der in the north­ern Malaysian state of Perlis.

The latest grue­some dis­cov­ery comes af­ter po­lice found 139 graves and 28 aban­doned “de­ten­tion” camps ca­pa­ble of hous­ing hun­dreds of peo­ple in May, lay­ing bare the grim ex­tent of the re­gion’s mi­grant cri­sis.

The new graves were found on Satur­day near the peak of a hill sur­rounded by jun­gle ter­rain and along the Thai bor­der, not too far from the graves un­earthed in May, Perlis po­lice chief Shafie Is­mail was quoted as say­ing by Ber­nama, the coun­try’s of­fi­cial news agency.

“It is be­lieved that heavy rain had eroded the graves,” he said.

Af­ter May’s un­earthing, the re­mains of 106 peo­ple were ex­humed, mostly be­lieved to be Mus­lim Ro­hingya flee­ing per­se­cu­tion in Myan­mar, as well as Bangladeshis seek­ing bet­ter op­por­tuni- ties abroad.

Mass graves were also dis­cov­ered on the Thai side of the bor­der.

The Ro­hingya, a Mus­lim mi­nor­ity from Myan­mar, have for years sought to es­cape what they say is wors­en­ing per­se­cu­tion by the coun­try’s Bud­dhist ma­jor­ity.

Flee­ing abroad by the thou­sands each year, they typ­i­cally put their lives in the hands of of­ten bru­tal smug­glers and traf­fick­ers who ar­range a per­ilous pas­sage by sea and land, usu­ally des­tined for Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity Malaysia.

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