MORE than 100 fishermen recently liberated from slavery in Indonesia were awaiting transport to their homes in Myanmar yesterday.
The 125 men, some of whom had been separated from their families for years, arrived in the city of Yangon by plane from Ambon in eastern Indonesia on Thursday.
“We are so happy that we are finally seeing our son for the first time in nearly four years,” said mother Tin Tin Mya, who met her son, Nan Lu, at the airport.
The Indonesian Fisheries Ministry evacuated more than 300 men from the remote island village of Benjina last month.
They had been brought in on boats —often on false promises— from Thailand to work for companies supplying foreign markets, including the US.
Some 59 Cambodians became the first rescued slaves from that country to fly home on Monday.
Another 230 Burmese and Cambodians have been identified and are waiting to leave Benjina.