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The Philippines is the First Nation to Welcome Sea-Stranded Migrants

Nearly 8,000 refugees from Burma and Bangladesh will be taken in after struggling to survive on “floating coffins.”

The approximate location of the refugee boats, termed "floating coffins" by the UN. Image from the International Organization on Migration.

The government of Manila was the first to agree to take in 8,000 refugees, including Rohingya Muslims from Burma and displaced people from Bangladesh, who had been stranded on the seas on boats. The refugees, who are escaping persecution and poverty in their home countries, are presumed to be near the Andaman Sea on what the UN has termed “floating coffins.” Other countries in direct vicinity of the boats, like Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand, have rejected them, and they have been floating perilously on the waters for more than a week.

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British Activists Stage “Body Bag Protest” for Migrants’ Lives

The demonstrators called to their government to take action in the wake of rising migrant casualties.

Image via Twitter user Amnesty UK

More than 200 activists working with Amnesty UK staged a body bag protest on Brighton Beach to urge their government to respond to the migrant crisis occurring in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. The demonstrators climbed into black body bags and laid themselves on the beach in a somber and symbolic condemnation of the UK’s inaction in the wake of mounting migrant casualties. A wreath, inscribed with the words “Don’t Let them Drown”, lay nearby. On Twitter, the campaign continued under the #DontLetThemDrown hashtag.

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