‘Many drowned’ in attempt to flee sectarian violence in Myanmar

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04:45 AM Nov 05, 2012

YANGON – First, one body appeared floating in the waters of the Bay of Bengal, then another, and another, until those on board the little fishing boat that had gone to their rescue began to lose count.Those bobbing lifeless among the waves had set out the night before, so desperate to escape the growing sectarian violence in Myanmar that they were prepared to risk boarding a dangerously overcrowded boat.

At least 130 people had clambered aboard, but the boat foundered – whether it capsized because of the weight of bodies or because it struck rocks remains unclear.

The sinking last week was the worst reported incident resulting from the outbreak of violence between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar.

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