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WESTERN BOAT PEOPLE
With the Western Economy going deeper and deeper into recession large numbers of western refugees ("boat people") are desperately and illegally trying to resettle in tropical countries. This group were found helplessly clinging to their flimsy boats in the Indian Ocean having braved a tropical storm and having lost all their meagre belongings and left in their underwear, literally. Badly sunburned and dehydrated the first thing they asked for was beer and sunscreen. They were rescued by local fishermen from Arugam Bay and were later taken to a refugee camp. "The United Nations should do something about these asylum seekers" said a government minister. "Srilanka cannot absorb all these poor migrants" (SCN)
Pic: Bandula Alahakoon/Daily News Sept 7, 2001

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