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Monday 1 June 2015

‘Somehow, they made it’

Combination shows (TOP) Rohingya migrant Ronji, 21, and her six year old son on a boat drifting off Thailand on May 14, 2015 and (BOTTOM) at a camp in Indonesia's Aceh province on May 24, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / Chaideer MAHYUDDIN) Combination shows (TOP) Rohingya migrant Ronji, 21, and her six year old son on a boat drifting off Thailand on May 14, 2015 and (BOTTOM) at a camp in Indonesia's Aceh province on May 24, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / Chaideer MAHYUDDIN)

(AFP / Christophe Archambault / Chaideer Mahyuddin)


On May 14, AFP's Christophe Archambault photographed a boat adrift off the coast of Thailand with 400 starving migrants on board, most of them members of the persecuted Rohingya minority from Myanmar. A week later, the vessel reached the coast of Indonesia's Aceh province, where his photographer colleagues Romeo Gacad and Chaideer Mayhuddin were finally able to put names to the faces captured in his dramatic images.


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Friday 15 May 2015

From one nightmare to another

Rohingya migrants sit on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015. ( AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT) Rohingya migrants sit on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015. ( AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT)

(AFP Photo / Christophe Archambault)


"We are here in the hope our pictures can put a human face on this crisis," writes the AFP photographer Christophe Archambault, who travelled to the Andaman Sea to find a boat carrying hundreds of migrants from the persecuted Rohingya minority, adrift off the Thai coast. "My first reaction is shock. Their faces are completely emaciated. You can see their ribcages, their pointed shoulder bones. We are witnessing a situation of absolute horror."

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