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Rohingya refugee crisis

Rohingya refugees stranded in international waters, after being abandoned by people-traffickers smuggling them out of Myanmar (formerly Burma). Nearby Malaysia and Thailand refused them entry, leaving them stuck at sea.

Refugees lacked sufficient food, water and means of communication on board the boats.

The hull of a trafficking boat where refugees spent weeks at sea.

The vessels were overcrowded and unseaworthy.

A mass grave for unidentified Rohingya remains found at a people-trafficking camp in northern Malaysia. At least 104 bodies were found in one of many mass graves.

A Rohingya woman who was raped by guards at a trafficking camp in northern Malaysia. Rapes and other assaults were consistently reported by women who travelled through the camps.

Grave diggers prepare to cover the coffins.

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnicity native to the area near Myanmar's border with Bangladesh. A religious minority in a country that is 90 per cent Buddhist, many of the 1.1 million Rohingya live in a state of apartheid, clustered in concentration camps, disconnected from the outside world. The Myanmar government denies basic citizenship to the Rohingya, who are unable to vote and whose movements are strictly limited. Even Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's revered Nobel peace laureate, has refused to take up the Rohingya cause.