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Asylum seekers end hunger strike

October 17, 2009

The Australian : Sri Lankans agree to end hunger strike
THE Sri Lankan asylum seekers holed up on board a boat in Indonesia intend to end their two-day-old hunger strike and are considering stepping ashore.

…”I think we have made a negative impact, and that’s not what we were looking for.”

The decision came as more asylum seekers succumbed to sickness, including an eight-month-old baby who was taken to hospital with breathing problems.

…Alex said the asylum seekers would agree to finally come off the boat if a UNHCR representative agreed to meet with them and explain what was likely to happen next.

“People want to start living their lives. We don’t want to live like this anymore,” he said.

…The asylum seekers have been taking advice from top Australian refugee lawyer David Manne, Alex said.

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