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April 13, 2012

HAZARA ASSOCIATION AND REFUGEE SUPPORTERS CALL ON AUSTRALIA TO ASSIST INDONESIA TO STEP UP THE SEARCH FOR MISSING ASYLUM BOAT

by refugeeactioncoalitionsydney

Hazara and refugee groups in Australia are calling on the Indonesian and Australian governments to step up the search efforts for the asylum boat missing off Sumbawa.

United Hazara Association general secretary, Ali Mohammadi has requested that the Australian authorities help Indonesia to continue to the search for the missing boat.

“We were last contacted by people on the boat at 12.20am Friday morning Perth time. We are requesting the Australian government to coordinate with the Indonesian government and provide whatever resources and assistance are needed to search for the boat. There are over 60 people’s lives at stake,” Mr Mohammadi said.

Earlier calls from the boat on Thursday night had said that people could see Sumbawa, but boat’s engine had failed and the boat was drifting to sea. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has not received any update from Indonesia on the search overnight.

“The boat may still be afloat but out of mobile range,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for Refugee Action Coalition. “It is terrible to think the boat could still be afloat or that there could be survivors in the water, but no search is taking place. Australian resources could make all the difference to finding people alive.”

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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