Rohingya refugee boat lands in Indonesia after months at sea

A damaged boat carrying 57 Rohingya refugees landed on Indonesia’s west coast on Sunday after a month at sea, police stated.

Hundreds of the largely Muslim Rohingya, who face extreme persecution in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, threat their lives every year on lengthy, costly sea voyages – typically in substandard vessels – in an try to succeed in Malaysia or Indonesia.

The wood ship with 57 males on board arrived at a seaside within the westernmost province of Aceh round 08:00 native time (0100 GMT), native police spokesman Winardy instructed AFP.

“The boat had a damaged engine and was carried by the wind to a shore in Ladong village in Aceh Besar (district),” stated Winardy, who goes by one title.

“They stated they have been at sea for a month.”

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Winardy added that police arrived on the seaside after being knowledgeable by some locals that the boat had docked there.

He stated 4 of the boys on board have been unwell and brought to a hospital.

Telmaizul Syatri, head of the native immigration workplace, stated the refugees have been being quickly housed at a neighborhood authorities facility.

“We’ll coordinate with the Worldwide Group for Migration and UNHCR in order that it may be managed nicely,” Syatri stated.

That is the third Rohingya refugee boat to reach in Muslim-majority Indonesia in latest months.

In keeping with the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), two boats carrying a complete of 229 Rohingya landed in Aceh on November 15 and 16.

Sunday’s arrival comes after UNHCR and Southeast Asian politicians known as for the rescue of one other ship carrying as much as 200 Rohingya refugees, together with ladies and kids, who’ve been stranded at sea for a number of weeks.

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This boat has been reported in waters close to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and India within the Andaman Sea and the Malacca Straits, one of many busiest delivery routes on this planet.

UNHCR stated final week it had been within the water since late November and had acquired experiences of at the very least a dozen individuals dying on board. These left on the boat don’t have any entry to meals or water.