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Philippine boat people rescued after a month at sea

Shirley Escalante, Manila, Saturday January 19, 2013 - 21:03 EDT

The Philippine Government is working to bring home a group of ethnic boat people whose vessel drifted all the way to Indonesia after being caught in Typhoon Bopha last month.

At least five Badjaos boat people from the Philippines, including a two-year-old boy, have been rescued in Indonesia's Sulawesi Sea and have asked to be returned home.

Survivor Jimjiani Julki says their boat ran out of fuel and drifted at sea for a month following Typhoon Bopha's onslaught.

He says they were rescued by authorities in Indonesia's Manado province and have received aid from local officials.

The Badjaos boat people are an ethnic group based in the southern Sulu province.

The Philippines Consulate General in Manado is currently completing the boat people's travel papers to facilitate the repatriation.

Typhoon Bopha devastated the southeastern Philippines in early December and killed more than a 1,000 people.


- ABC

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