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Extra Rohingya refugees attain Indonesia after weeks at sea



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PIDIE, Indonesia — A second group in two days of weak and exhausted Rohingya Muslims landed on a seashore in Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh on Monday after weeks at sea, officers stated.

A minimum of 185 males, ladies and kids disembarked from a rickety picket boat at nightfall on Ujong Pie seashore at Muara Tiga, a coastal village in Aceh’s Pidie district, stated native police chief Fauzi, who goes by a single identify.

“They’re very weak due to dehydration and exhaustion after weeks at sea,” Fauzi stated.

A distressing video circulated broadly in social media confirmed the 185 dehydrated and exhausted Rohingya, crumpled weakly and emaciated, many crying for assist.

The 83 males, 70 ladies and 32 youngsters had been transferred by navy vehicles to a college simply earlier than midnight on Monday from a village corridor the place they beforehand obtained assist from residents, well being staff and others.

One of many refugees who spoke some Malay and recognized himself as Rosyid, instructed The Related Press that they left a camp in Bangladesh on the finish of November and drifted on the open sea. He stated at the least “20 of us died aboard because of excessive waves and sick, and their our bodies had been thrown into the ocean.”

Chris Lewa, the director of the Arakan Mission, which works in help of Myanmar’s Rohingya, confirmed on Tuesday that the boat that landed on Ujong Pie seashore on Monday was from the group of 190 Rohingya who had been reported by United Nations to be drifting in a small boat within the Andaman Sea for a month.

She instructed AP by e-mail that the arrivals had been amongst 4 teams of Rohingya refugees that had left Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh late November by smaller boats to keep away from detection by native coast guards earlier than they had been transferred onto 4 bigger boats for his or her respective journeys.

A Vietnamese oil ship rescued one of many boats with greater than 150 individuals onboard off the coast of Myanmar on Dec. 8, however then towed it to shore after present them with meals and water, Lewa stated.

In Dec. 18, the second boat, carrying 104 individuals, was rescued by the Sri Lankan navy. Lewa stated the captain of that boat final week despatched a message to his relative who lives at one of many refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar that the third boat might have sunk as a result of he had obtained an “SOS name” from the third boat’s captain which was about to sink and asking him to switch the passengers on his boat, however he refused as his overcrowded boat already had an engine downside and he feared that to switch them would end in everybody sinking.

The fourth boat “lastly landed in northern a part of Aceh, Indonesia, in late afternoon on Monday,” Lewa stated, after weeks of her group pleading with south and southeast Asian nations to assist.

The UNHCR on Friday urged nations to rescue the refugees, saying reviews indicated they had been in dire situation with inadequate meals or water.

“Many are ladies and kids, with reviews of as much as 20 individuals dying on the unseaworthy vessel throughout the journey,” the company stated.

Additionally in Christmas Day, one other group of 58 Rohingya — all male, together with 13 minors — arrived in Ladong village in Aceh Besar district.

Azharul Husna, who heads the Aceh department of KontraS, an Indonesian rights group, stated Monday that the lads within the group all carried UNHCR playing cards from refugee camps in Bangladesh and had left looking for a greater life in Malaysia.

Citing one in all them, Husna stated the 58 refugees left Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, the place greater than 700,000 Rohingya from Myanmar had fled in 2017, to work on plantations in Malaysia. Their boat was broken and the engine failed, leaving them drifting at sea till they got here ashore in Aceh.

Myanmar safety forces have been accused of mass rapes, killings and burning of hundreds of properties belonging to Rohingya, sending them fleeing to Bangladesh and onward.

Malaysia has been a standard vacation spot for most of the refugees arriving by boat, however additionally they have been detained within the nation.

Though neighboring Indonesia isn’t a signatory to the United Nations’ 1951 Refugee Conference, the UNHCR stated {that a} 2016 presidential regulation gives a authorized framework governing the remedy of refugees on boats in misery close to Indonesia and helps them disembark.

Related Press writers Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Grant Peck in Bangkok contributed to this report.

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