Rohingya

Non swimmer Rohingya boy floats on oil drum from Myanmar to Bangladesh

Nabi Hussain owes his life to a yellow plastic oil drum.

The 13-year-old Rohingya boy could not swim, and had never even seen the sea before fleeing his village in Myanmar. But he clung to the empty drum and struggled across the water with it for about 2.5 miles, all the way to Bangladesh, reported economic times.

Rohingya Muslims escaping the violence in their homeland of Myanmar are now so desperate that some are trying to swim to safety in neighbouring Bangladesh. In just a week, more than three dozen boys and young men used cooking oil drums like life rafts to swim across the mouth of the Naf River and wash up ashore in Shah Porir Dwip, a fishing town and cattle trade spot.

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