One of my biggest dream is to go to to Vanuatu , New Guinea, Australia, Indonesia,Andaman island to meet this black people who live there.
This week end i received 5 message of young girls from theses part of world and i was so surprised and happy that my artwork touched them also because my work represent all these black women all around the world.
I was once on the island of Ko Ri, free-diving in the Andaman Sea. I fell terribly ill, stung by a lionfish. I was dehydrated, in excruciating pain. I had lost all sense of time and place, completely disoriented. But I knew I was dying. So I readied myself for it. And in that moment, at death’s door, I looked up… And standing over me in the brightness was this landless Moken sea gypsy. Just standing there. Smiling. She and her tribe nursed me back to health. Good as new. When I left the island, she kissed me. It was like a burst of sunlight on my cheek. It was… It made nearly dying well worth it. That’s how I feel now.
a Hawksbill Sea Turtle reaches adulthood at around 30 years old, with a lifespan into its 50s. Weighing up to around 200 pounds, they’re one of the smaller turtle species in the ocean. The Hawksbill earns its name from its birdlike beak, which it uses to reach into cracks and crevices along a coral reef, feeding on sponges and small to medium sized invertebrates - photo taken in the North Andaman Sea, Thailand
Mohamad Ajis is about four years old. He was said to be travelling with his mother - a Rohingya Muslim - a month ago on one of smuggling routes, from the Bay of Bengal across the Andaman sea to southern Thailand.
Tragically, however, his mother did not survive the journey. She died in the mosquito-infested jungle near the Thai-Malaysian border.
Ajis was then left with the smugglers before his fortune turned when a Rohingya woman in Kuala Lumpur heard about his plight. Twenty-three-year-old Fatimah Hamid offered an agent 2,000 ringgit (US$560) and the boy was delivered to her a few days later.
“His mother died because her feet were swollen and the weather in the jungle was too cold for her. I heard from someone about this boy who lost his mum. I felt sorry for him and decided to bring him over and look after him. It’s enough for me that he now calls me mum,” Fatimah said.
Myanmar scum deny responsibility for migrant boat crisis
Myanmar denies responsibility for migrant boat crisis
Myanmar’s government has said it is not responsible for the migrant
boat crisis in south-east Asia, and may not attend an emergency summit
on the issue.
Thousands of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar are feared stranded
in boats in the Andaman Sea after their crews deserted them.
Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have been turning away migrant boats.
Survivors have described desperate conditions on the boats, with people thrown overboard amid fights for food.
Rohingya Muslims have been leaving Buddhist-majority Myanmar, also
known as Burma, because they are not recognised as citizens and face
Many of the Bangladeshis at sea are thought to be economic migrants.
The BBC’s Jonah Fisher in Bangkok says there are at least five
people-smuggling boats, carrying up to 1,000 migrants, moored just off
the northern coast of Myanmar near the maritime border with Bangladesh.
The crackdown on boat people landing in Thailand and Malaysia means
the smugglers are reluctant to make the journey but our correspondent
says they are refusing to release those on board unless ransoms are
Thailand is hosting a meeting on May 29 for 15 countries to discuss ways to address the crisis.
However, Zaw Htay, director of Myanmar’s presidential office, said
his leaders would not attend if the word “Rohingya” was used in the
invitation, as they did not recognise the term.
“We are not ignoring the migrant problem, but … we will not accept
the allegations by some that Myanmar is the source of the problem,” he
told the Associated Press news agency.
“The problem of the migrant graves is not a Myanmar problem, it’s
because of the weakness of human trafficking prevention and the rule of
law in Thailand,” he said in a separate interview with AFP.
It is being called human ping-pong – the refusal of south-east Asian
countries to accept mainly Rohingya migrants from Myanmar, and their
navies’ policy of pushing boats back into each other’s territory.
So the boat we found on Thursday, which had already been pushed back
once from Malaysia, into Thailand, was then pushed back again by the
Thai navy. At the time of writing it lies just inside Malaysian waters.
They tell us it will now be towed to a fourth country, perhaps
On board, more or less running the boat, are Rohingya brokers, who
have good reason not to want to land in Thailand, where an
anti-trafficking operation is underway.
Thai officers are negotiating with these men, who claim to speak for
all 350 on board. So the Thais say they were merely helping by repairing
the engine and sending the boat on its way.
But what about the women and children on board – more than half the
passengers? What about all the visibly ill people, or those who look
half-starved? How can an endless sea voyage in an appallingly cramped
and unsanitary boat help them? Thai and Malaysian officials are not
OOTD: Everybody is beach body!
I am in Lipe Island, Satun, Thailand. This trip is my many first - a first time holiday after changing my job, first time in the far south of Thailand and Andaman Sea and First time that I really wear bikini in a public place in Thailand ^^..
The island is so beautiful.. Today I went to neighbors islands for snorkeling all day. Really beautiful and colorful coral reefs. The last photo is ‘Hat Hin Ngam’ (Stones beach) it’s made by a power of the nature..Actually, Hat Hin Ngam is a part of national park which is close on 16 May -16 October as it’s monsoon season but we are lucky enough that they are ok to let us in today…Oh…Yes, I got the boat -sick as usual..
Place: Lipe Island, Satun, Thailand
Bikini: Big Summer
'We helped out of solidarity': Indonesian fishermen come to aid of boat migrants
While governments have refused to receive migrants stranded in Andaman
Sea, Aceh villagers have stepped up to fill humanitarian voidWhile governments have refused to receive migrants stranded in Andaman
Sea, Aceh villagers have stepped up to fill humanitarian void
Boats leaving Pusung, a small island fishing village off the coast of Langsa
When Myusup Mansur, a fisherman from the small island village of
Pusung, first caught a glimpse of the boat in the distance in waters off
North Sumatra, it was dark and impossible for him to make out the
hundreds of migrants huddled on the deck.
It was only when two other fishermen pulled up and told him what they
had seen that he realised what was happening: scores of people were
jumping from the boat into the sea.They headed in the direction of the boat while radioing in for rescue
reinforcement on the way.
“We helped them because they needed help,”
said Mansur, 38.
“What is more human than that?”
Six hundred and seventy-seven migrants were brought ashore late last
Thursday by Mansur and his fellow fishermen.
While governments around
the region have refused to receive what is thought to be thousands of
migrants from Burma and Bangladesh stranded and starving in the Andaman Sea, the fishermen of Indonesia have stepped up to fill the humanitarian void.
More than 1,350 migrants, a mixture of ethnic Rohingya from Burma and
migrants from Bangladesh, have landed on the shores of Aceh, Indonesia, this week and it has been the fishermen who have come to their rescue.Mansur and the other two fishermen’s small boats could each take only
about 30 people but there were many more migrants waiting to be
“I was lost for words,” he said.
“I was panicked, because I
have never seen so many people in the water like that. I kept pulling
them from the water one by one, I couldn’t count how many, but my boat
was full. After that I couldn’t take any more and there were still
people crying for help.“
“I didn’t understand their language. I couldn’t ask them anything,
and I couldn’t understand what they were asking,” he added.
kept calling to me for help.”
Nearly two hours passed before six large fishing boats that had also
been out at sea arrived to help. The fishermen laboured together,
pulling the migrants from the sea and transferring them from boat to
boat. Finally Mansur linked his small turquoise and orange boat to the
migrant vessel to collect the women and children who had remained on
He said he would do the same again if faced with another similar
situation.Suryadi, who only uses one name, from the fishermen association in
Langsa, Aceh, said:
“We helped out of solidarity. If we find someone in
the ocean we have to help them no matter who they are. The police did
not like us helping but we could not avoid it. Our sense of humanity was
higher. So we just helped with the limited resources that we had at the
Over recent weeks, boats full of migrants have been pushed back and
forth between the navies of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand, with no
country willing to take them in. The United Nations estimates there are
up to 8,000 more migrants languishing at sea.
Those who have been rescued and brought to land have recounted
horrific stories of murders over the last supplies of water and food
during almost a month stranded at sea.Andreas Harsono, from Human Rights Watch in Jakarta, said the
fishermen were offering assistance that official channels had failed to
“The fact that these fishermen are helping these people shows
that they have a better humanitarian understanding than government
officials in Jakarta,” he said.Harsono said that in Aceh, a province that in the past was wracked by
a decades-long separatist conflict, people understood suffering and the
value of compassion. In Mansur’s village a 45-minute boat ride away
from the Langsa temporary camp where the 677 migrants are now being
housed, that observation resonates.
When Mansur collected 30 women and children at sea and made the
six-hour journey back to Pusung, the migrants were greeted with open
“We bought them a big bunch of bananas and water and they all
bathed in our homes,” said Saipul Umar, 54.
“They were so weak,
especially the small children. They were traumatised.”The migrants were given food, water, coffee and cakes, and a place to
“We treated them like family,” said Sulaiman, 76. Others asked
questions about their stories and why they were fleeing their countries.
After learning about the treatment of the ethnic Rohingya in Burma,
where they are persecuted and denied citizenship, one village resident
said that perhaps the migrants should have stayed in Pusung.“
They wanted to live here,” she said, “They didn’t want to go.”
“The truth is, we are entering an age of migrants, and we must adjust our sense of fairness and morality, and even our concept of national borders, accordingly. Climate change is about to force upon us a refugee crisis that is unprecedented in all of human history.”
Tahmima Anam in The Guardian. The Rohingya crisis is not an isolated tragedy – it’s the shape of things to come With sea levels rising around the world, the refugees adrift in the Andaman Sea are the heralds of a future age of migration
on the topic of Rohingya... is the Philippines really the only country that offered to accept the refugees?
i’m hearing that Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to provide temporary shelter for them. and that, according to the Malaysian PM, the US is considering taking in some of them (though this is all very vague still) and that along with Japan, they would try and help too (probably monetarily + deploying naval assets to rescue the people adrift in the Andaman sea).
but yeah the entire situation is not exactly a good one of cooperation, considering how the various SEAsian countries were basically turning the boats around before. and especially seeing that the cause of the problem- the Burmese govt- refuses to accept responsibility.