As countries across south-east Asia struggle with a migrant crisis which has left thousands at sea and led to torture and kidnappings by people smuggling networks, The Telegraph spoke to recent arrivals from a boat that landed in Thailand after two months at sea.

All were from Burma’s Rohingya Muslim minority, who are not allowed Burmese citizenship and have been labelled the most oppressed people in the world.

With the consent of her parents, Solima accepted an offer by a people smuggling agent to take a voyage to join her husband-to-be in Malaysia. She was betrothed to him six years ago in an arranged marriage but has never met him.

“I did want to go but I was frightened,” she said. “It is very difficult in my village. The government takes all the land and took our cattle away and we can’t farm.”

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