Ethnic Rohingya children whose boats were washed ashore wait to be evacuated to a temporary shelter in Seunuddon, Aceh province, Indonesia, Sunday, May 10, 2015. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas)
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Boats carrying more than 500 members of Myanmar's long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim community washed ashore in western Indonesia on Sunday, with some people in need of medical attention, officials and a nonprofit organization said.Most of those on the boats were Rohingya, but there were also some Bangladeshis on board, Hamilton said.Attacks on the religious minority by Buddhist mobs in the last three years have sparked one of the biggest exoduses of boat people since the Vietnam War, sending 100,000 people fleeing, according to Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan Project, which has monitored the movements of Rohingya for more than a decade.Risky Hidayat, from Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency, said some of the migrants mentioned that there was another boat with an unspecified number of people on it still at sea in the same area.
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