Malaysian police investigation uncover 139 graves that may possibly contain the remains of hundreds of people smuggled from Myanmar and Bangladesh. This incident is part of Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis.
Kuala Lumpur Authorities said they uncovered the burial sites at 28 abandoned camps less than 1km Thailand. Thailand itself has found similar graves in its own territory.
According to Malaysian Police Chief General Khalid Abu Bakr, the bodies were found in some of the graves discovered during a border operation between May 11 and May 23.
Malaysian Home Minister Zahid Hamidi said the smugglers possibly used the camps for half a decade.
The situation is part of the growing migrant crisis as Thousands are still left stranded at sea. The mass migration is due to Myanmar’s persecution of its Rohingya minority and the government’s lack of ability to stop the long-publicised smuggling routes.
Asian leaders along with the United States and other concerned leaders would be meeting in Bangkok to discuss the fate of the great number of migrants abandoned by smugglers at sea. More than 3,600 people have landed in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh between May 9 and May 22.
In Myanmar, Rohingya minorities are denied citizenship, education and jobs.