Memories haunt sole survivor of asylum boat tragedy
JAKARTA (AFP) - The image of his fellow passengers slowly succumbing to Indonesia's unforgiving waters is one that Habibullah - the sole Afghan survivor of an asylum-seeker boat tragedy - will never shake off.
The 22-year-old, now trapped in limbo at a Jakarta detention centre, was en route to an Australian territory in October to seek asylum with 33 other men, all of whom were lost to the Indian Ocean after the boat sank.
"There was rain and strong winds, and on the second night there was a storm and we were swinging like a pendulum," Habibullah told AFP in Jakarta, where he has been detained since his rescue.
"In the morning we saw bodies floating in the water surrounding the boat."