Death and Silence
The silence continues from Burma. As bodies rot in the sea, the government continues to deny the level of destruction from the Boxing Day tsunami…
Burma remains silent as more than 30 sea-gypsies, also known as Salon or Moken, from Mergui (Myeik) Archipelago are still missing because of the deadly tsunamis.
Despite independent reports of deaths and losses of fishing boats in the southern Burmese region of Tenesserim Division, the local authorities are still denying the truth of the reports…
But death is being reported from outsiders:
…There has been a report that numerous Burmese corpses, presumably, victims of recent tsunamis, have been found by Thai fishermen on Burmese waters.
There are many Thai fishing boats from Ranong trawling on Burmese waters around coastal areas near Rangoon, Moulmein and Arakan State.
A wife of one of the Thai fishermen says that the fishermen discovered more than 80 corpses including men, women and children.
The fishermen tried to salvage the corpses and hand over them to the Burmese authorities at the nearest coast, but they were decomposing so badly that it was impossible for the fishermen to haul them in one piece.
…No boats belonging to sea-gypsies, also known as Salon or Moken, have been seen at a jetty of Ranong where they used to frequent for selling their catches and shopping their essentials. And, Burmese fishermen from Kha Pyat Thaung Village, Laputa Township in the delta region of Irrawaddy Division who were hardest hit by recent tsunamis, are still too scared to return to sea for fishing and their family members are in danger of starving as they have no other way to make a living.