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A Picture and Its Story

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A Desperate Thirst - 05 Jun 2015
This shot is of a group of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants from a boat carrying 734 people rescued off Myanmar's southern coast last week. Those on board had been at sea for more than two months, at the end with little food or water.

The men in this photo were part of a group of about 400 crammed into a warehouse by Myanmar police. They had arrived the day before, but while the women, children and some men had already been moved, these men were left behind.

There was no sign of the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR or foreign aid agencies.

?Just moments before this shot, the sky opened up and the monsoon rains started coming down. The men were jostling with each other for space to catch water in their bottles and plates.

The authorities were hesitant to grant us access at first, but as the morning wore on and the rains started, we were able to enter the area around the warehouse and started photographing and speaking to migrants.

?Just after taking this photo, the men were loaded into buses and trucks and driven to a camp where international aid agencies were waiting.

?I have worked on long and difficult assignments where I have gone days without a proper shower. But for these people it has been months without enough water.

Everyone was dirty and had likely washed little while at sea.

I could see just how meaningful it was for them to suddenly have a chance to drink and clean themselves with whatever small amount of water they could capture.
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June 05, 2015
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, collect rainwater during a heavy rain fall at a temporary...
Maungdaw, Myanmar
A Picture and Its Story: "A Desperate Thirst"
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, collect rainwater during a heavy rain fall at a temporary refugee camp near Kanyin Chaung jetty, outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 4, 2015. Soe Zeya Tun: This shot is of a group of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants from a boat carrying 734 people rescued off Myanmar's southern coast last week. Those on board had been at sea for more than two months, at the end with little food or water.

The men in this photo were part of a group of about 400 crammed into a warehouse by Myanmar police. They had arrived the day before, but while the women, children and some men had already been moved, these men were left behind.

There was no sign of the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR or foreign aid agencies.

?Just moments before this shot, the sky opened up and the monsoon rains started coming down. The men were jostling with each other for space to catch water in their bottles and plates.

The authorities were hesitant to grant us access at first, but as the morning wore on and the rains started, we were able to enter the area around the warehouse and started photographing and speaking to migrants.

?Just after taking this photo, the men were loaded into buses and trucks and driven to a camp where international aid agencies were waiting.

?I have worked on long and difficult assignments where I have gone days without a proper shower. But for these people it has been months without enough water.

Everyone was dirty and had likely washed little while at sea.

I could see just how meaningful it was for them to suddenly have a chance to drink and clean themselves with whatever small amount of water they could capture.
REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

A PICTURE AND ITS STORY "A DESPERATE THIRST"
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June 04, 2015
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, collect rainwater during a heavy rain fall at a temporary...
Maungdaw, Myanmar
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, collect rainwater during a heavy rain fall at a temporary...
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, collect rainwater during a heavy rain fall at a temporary refuge camp near Kanyin Chaung jetty, outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 4, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed the boat with 727 migrants on board in the country's western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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June 04, 2015
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, collect rainwater during a heavy rain fall at a temporary...
Maungdaw, Myanmar
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, collect rainwater during a heavy rain fall at a temporary...
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, collect rainwater during a heavy rain fall at a temporary refuge camp near Kanyin Chaung jetty, outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 4, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed the boat with 727 migrants on board in the country's western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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June 04, 2015
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, reach for bags of food as they sit at the back of a truck...
Maungdaw, Myanmar
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, reach for bags of food as they sit at the back of a truck...
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, reach for bags of food as they sit at the back of a truck while being sent to Mee Tike temporary refugee camp located near the Bangladesh border fence, at Kanyin Chaung jetty outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 4, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed the boat with 727 migrants on board in the country's western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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June 04, 2015
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, rest in a shelter after arriving at Mee Tike temporary refugee...
Maungdaw, Myanmar
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, rest in a shelter after arriving at Mee Tike temporary refugee...
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, rest in a shelter after arriving at Mee Tike temporary refugee camp near the Bangladesh border fence outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 4, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed the boat with 727 migrants on board in the country's western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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June 04, 2015
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, crowd in the back of a truck before they are sent to Mee Tike...
Maungdaw, Myanmar
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, crowd in the back of a truck before they are sent to Mee Tike...
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, crowd in the back of a truck before they are sent to Mee Tike temporary refugee camp located near the Bangladesh border fence, at Kanyin Chaung jetty outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 4, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed the boat with 727 migrants on board in the country's western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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June 04, 2015
Migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, line up as they were sent to Mee Tike temporary refugee camp...
Maungdaw, Myanmar
Migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, line up as they were sent to Mee Tike temporary refugee camp...
Migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, line up as they were sent to Mee Tike temporary refugee camp near Bangladesh border fence, at Kanyin Chaung jetty outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 4, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed the boat with 727 migrants on board in the country's western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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June 04, 2015
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, arrive at Mee Tike temporary refugee camp near the Bangladesh...
Maungdaw, Myanmar
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, arrive at Mee Tike temporary refugee camp near the Bangladesh...
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, arrive at Mee Tike temporary refugee camp near the Bangladesh border fence outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 4, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed the boat with 727 migrants on board in the country's western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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June 03, 2015
An identity number tag hangs around the neck of a migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, near Kanyin...
Maungdaw, Myanmar
An identity number tag hangs around the neck of a migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, near Kanyin...
An identity number tag hangs around the neck of a migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, near Kanyin Chaung jetty after landing outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 3, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed the boat with 727 migrants on board in the country's western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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June 03, 2015
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, sit at the back of a truck as they are moved to Taung Pyo...
Maungdaw, Myanmar
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, sit at the back of a truck as they are moved to Taung Pyo...
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, sit at the back of a truck as they are moved to Taung Pyo sub-township after landing near Kanyin Chaung jetty outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 3, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed the boat with 727 migrants on board in the country's western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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June 03, 2015
A migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, sits on a bus as she is moved to Taung Pyo sub-township after...
Maungdaw, Myanmar
A migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, sits on a bus as she is moved to Taung Pyo sub-township
A migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, sits on a bus as she is moved to Taung Pyo sub-township after landing near Kanyin Chaung jetty outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 3, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed the boat with 727 migrants on board in the country's western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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June 03, 2015
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, carry their belongings as they were moved to Taung Pyo sub-township...
Maungdaw, Myanmar
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, carry their belongings as they were moved to Taung Pyo sub-township...
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, carry their belongings as they were moved to Taung Pyo sub-township after landing near Kanyin Chaung jetty outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 3, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed the boat with 727 migrants on board in the country's western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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June 03, 2015
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, carry their belongings as they were moved to Taung Pyo sub-township...
Maungdaw, Myanmar
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, carry their belongings as they were moved to Taung Pyo sub-township...
Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, carry their belongings as they were moved to Taung Pyo sub-township after landing near Kanyin Chaung jetty outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 3, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed the boat with 727 migrants on board in the country's western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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June 03, 2015
An identity number tag is seen on the neck of a migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, near Kanyin...
Maungdaw, Myanmar
An identity number tag is seen on the neck of a migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, near Kanyin...
An identity number tag is seen on the neck of a migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, near Kanyin Chaung jetty after landing outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 3, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed the boat with 727 migrants on board in the country's western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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June 03, 2015
Migrants who were found at sea on a boat sit near Kanyin Chaung jetty after landing outside Maungdaw...
Maungdaw, Myanmar
Migrants who were found at sea on a boat sit near Kanyin Chaung jetty after landing outside Maungdaw...
Migrants who were found at sea on a boat sit near Kanyin Chaung jetty after landing outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 3, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed a boat with 727 migrants on board in the country's western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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June 03, 2015
The boat that was found at sea carrying migrants is seen near Kanyin Chaung jetty after landing outside...
Maungdaw, Myanmar
The boat that was found at sea carrying migrants is seen near Kanyin Chaung jetty after landing outside...
The boat that was found at sea carrying migrants is seen near Kanyin Chaung jetty after landing outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 3, 2015. Myanmar on Wednesday landed the boat with 727 migrants on board in the country's western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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June 02, 2015
A Myanmar military officer (R) gestures from a navy ship towards a boat packed with migrants, off Leik...
Leik Island, Myanmar
A Myanmar military officer gestures from a navy ship towards a boat packed with migrants, off Leik Island...
A Myanmar military officer (R) gestures from a navy ship towards a boat packed with migrants, off Leik Island in the Andaman Sea May 31, 2015. More than 700 migrants found packed aboard an overcrowded boat in the Andaman Sea were still being held offshore by Myanmar's navy on Monday, more than three days after the converted fishing vessel was intercepted off the country's coast. Picture taken May 31, 2015. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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June 02, 2015
A Myanmar military officer gestures from a boat packed with migrants off Leik Island in the Andaman Sea,...
Leik Island, Myanmar
A Myanmar military officer gestures from a boat packed with migrants off Leik Island in the Andaman Sea...
A Myanmar military officer gestures from a boat packed with migrants off Leik Island in the Andaman Sea, May 31, 2015. More than 700 migrants found packed aboard an overcrowded boat in the Andaman Sea were still being held offshore by Myanmar's navy on Monday, more than three days after the converted fishing vessel was intercepted off the country's coast. Picture taken May 31, 2015. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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