Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers Launch Hunger Strike In indonesia

 
Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers Launch Hunger Strike In indonesia
A man holds up his identification as Sri Lankan asylum seekers engage in a hunger strike after their boat broke down on the way to Australia's Christmas Island, at Cilegon on October 16, 2009 in Merak, Java, Indonesia. Around 260 asylum seekers set off from Malaysia on a large cargo boat bound for Australia, each reportedly paying USD15,000 for their passage, but the craft broke down after 13 days at sea and was intercepted by an Indonesian navy vessel. The asylum-seekers are refusing however to leave their boat and have launched their hunger strike in an attempt to bring international intervention and attention to their plight for a safe haven.
(Oct. 15, 2009 - Source: Oscar Siagian/Getty Images AsiaPac)