A simple game of hide-and-seek that involved a Bangladeshi kid falling asleep inside a shipping container and being transferred to Malaysia ended up being a 2,500-kilometer catastrophe.
The 15-year-old youngster, who was only given his first name, was playing the game with his buddies at the Chittagong seaport in Bangladesh on January 11 when he discovered what he believed to be the ideal hiding spot: the interior of an open cargo container.
Bangladesh’s Chittagong seaport
Chittagong Port, also known as Bangladesh’s premier seaport, is located in the city of Chittagong, Bangladesh. It is the largest seaport in the country and plays a crucial role in the country’s economy as it handles a significant portion of Bangladesh’s foreign trade.
Beginning in the first quarter of this year, the Chittagong port in Bangladesh started operating the huge container ships with a draught of 10 meters and a length of 200 meters.
According to Omar Faruq, secretary of the Chittagong Port Authority, improving the port’s berthing capabilities would boost its ability to handle containers while lowering transportation costs and turnaround times.
According to Faruq, 10m draught ships will arrive at the port’s dock in the first part of the year, and the port will shortly let local and foreign shipping companies know that larger boats may be deployed on the route.
Alone for 6 Days
The only issue was that Fahim locked himself inside unintentionally and was unable to find out how to unlock the doors.
The container was placed onto a commercial ship headed for Malaysia, and it turned out that no one could hear the 15-year- old for aid.
The adolescent reportedly spent five to six days inside the container while the boat traveled 2,500 kilometers to Malaysia’s Klang port, where it docked on January 17.
He was discovered by the Klang Port Authority thanks to his calls for aid and banging on the container walls.
Suspect of Human Trafficking
The youngster can be seen emerging from the container in a video that has been circulated online and confirmed by the Times of India before being carried away on a stretcher.
Due to the boy’s limited language skills and inability to convey his situation to his rescuers, authorities first suspected that he was a victim of human trafficking.
Human trafficking incident in Malaysia’s Klang port
Human trafficking is a major issue in many countries, including Malaysia. The Klang port, located near the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, is one of the busiest ports in the country and has been a known transit and destination point for human trafficking.
In the past, there have been incidents of trafficking in persons, particularly women and children, who are brought into the country for forced labor or sexual exploitation.
The Malaysian government has taken steps to address human trafficking, including passing anti-trafficking legislation and increasing cooperation with international organizations and other countries.
However, the issue remains a challenge, and the country continues to face criticism from international organizations and human rights groups for its handling of trafficking cases and the protection of trafficking victims.
The Malaysian government has pledged to continue its efforts to combat trafficking and to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
The Horror of Hide and Seek
The only person discovered in the container was him. He was brought for a medical check because he had a temperature and a police report was filed, according to Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, Malaysia’s home minister, as reported by the nation’s official news agency Bernama.
But while Fahim was in the hospital, the police discovered that he was only a young child playing a game that put him in danger.
Research did not uncover any evidence of human trafficking. According to Ismail, the youngster is only thought to have entered the container, slept off, and ended up here.
Bangladesh will receive Fahim in return.