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Sri Lankans beseech visiting Rudd

  • Ika Krismantari

    The Jakarta Post

Merak, Banten   /   Tue, October 20 2009   /  01:23 pm

The scorching sun begun hitting Merak Port in Banten, located in the northwestern tip of Java, Monday morning, when 255 Sri Lankan migrants began another uncertain day. About 70 people cramped together on the boat's deck woke up, while on the other side of the boat some used bottled water to shower, brush their teeth and wash their clothes. Karuna, 37, one of the migrants, decided to get off the boat and have his hair cut by his colleague. "My hair has not been cut for two months now. I used to have it cut every month." Karuna, a father of three, left his family in Sri Lanka to escape torture from the Sri Lankan government, which had accused him of having links with the Tamil rebels. He claimed conditions in Sri Lanka were getting worse for people accused of helping the insurgency after the Sinhalese-dominated government defeated the rebels earlier this year, end...