Indonesia: 200 Rohingya exiles land in Aceh

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Nearly 200 Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority in Burma, landed in Indonesia on Monday, according to Indonesian authorities, the fourth such landing since November.

In total, “185 Rohingya migrants landed in Pidie. There are 83 adult men, 70 adult women and 32 children,” local police spokesman Winardy, who often goes by one name in Indonesia, said in a statement. statement.

The wooden boat arrived at the end of the day on a beach in Aceh province, in the far west of Indonesia.

Every year, thousands of Rohingyas risk their lives, often in the wrong boats, to try to reach Malaysia or Indonesia.

Some of Monday’s new arrivals, very weak and emaciated, suffering from dehydration, were put on a drip, according to AFP journalists.

No official details about the survivors’ journey were available at first, but a young passenger said he had left from Bangladesh, a neighboring country of Burma where many Rohingyas are refugees.

“We came from a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh hoping that Indonesia would give us the opportunity to study,” said 14-year-old Umar Faruq.

Rohingya refugees arrive by boat in Aceh province, Indonesia, on December 26, 2022 (AFP – AMANDA JUFRIAN)

Several boats carrying Rohingyas have been reported adrift in the Indian Ocean, including a boat carrying 180 Rohingya refugees, with whom their relatives in Bangladesh had lost contact, according to UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. .

On Sunday, another boat carrying 57 Rohingya refugees arrived in Aceh after a month at sea. And in November, two boats carrying a total of 229 Rohingya landed in Aceh province, according to UNHCR.


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