Turkey to donate $1 million to help Southeast Asia migrant crisis

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Turkey to donate $1 million to help Southeast Asia migrant crisis

The Foreign Ministry announcement on Wednesday came a day after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey was doing its best to reach the Rohingya through the IOM and a Turkish navy ship in the region.

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Published: Wed 20 May 2015, 11:12 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:22 PM

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ANKARA — Turkey says it is donating $1 million to the International Organization for Migration and the UN refugee agency to help ease Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis and is exploring ways of organizing a humanitarian aid operation to reach Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis stranded at sea.

The Foreign Ministry announcement on Wednesday came a day after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey was doing its best to reach the Rohingya through the IOM and a Turkish navy ship in the region.

More than 3,000 people — Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Bangladeshis escaping poverty — have landed in overcrowded boats on the shores of Southeast Asian countries.

Aid groups estimate thousands more are stranded at sea following a crackdown on human traffickers that prompted captains to abandon their boats.

 



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