The Monitor's View When fishermen rescue migrants – and nations

In Southeast Asia, acts of empathy by fishermen in saving refugees adrift at sea help soften the hard stance of Indonesia and Malaysia. They are fishers of both people and goodwill.

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By the very nature of their profession, the fishermen of Southeast Asia are often quite low in social status. Yet in recent weeks, a number of them have led a quiet revolution in the region.