An ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar and living in Malaysia looks on as he finishes his prayer at a mosque in Kuala Lumpur

 
An ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar and living in Malaysia looks on as he finishes his prayer at a mosque in Kuala Lumpur
An ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar and living in Malaysia looks on as he finishes his prayer at a mosque in Kuala Lumpur June 17, 2012. The Rohingya in Myanmar are usually landless as well as stateless, and scratch a living from low-paid casual labor. During the so-called "sailing season" between monsoons, thousands of Rohingya attempt to cross the Bay of Bengal in small, ramshackle fishing boats. Their destination: Muslim-majority Malaysia, where thousands of Rohingya work, mostly illegally. Every year up to 40 villagers head out to sea on Malaysia-bound boats. They each pay about 200,000 kyat, or $250, a small fortune by local standards. But the extended Rohingya families who raise the sum regard it as an investment. Picture taken June 17, 2012. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION CONFLICT)