36 Rohingya Refugees Transferred to Indonesia’s North Sumatera from Aceh
Thirty-six Rohingya refugees who are being held in a temporary shelter in Lhokseumawe, Aceh will soon be transferred to Medan, North Sumatera as agreed by the Indonesian government, International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the UN refugee agency UNHCR.
Before the transfer, the Rohingya refugees conducted Covid-19 rapid antigen tests. “The Covid-19 rapid antigen tests gave negative results. The blood pressures and body temperature of the 36 refugees comprising adults and children had also been checked by doctors from the IOM and Lhokseumawe Health Agency,” said Helizar, secretary of the Lhokseumawe Health Agency on Wednesday, March 24.
Currently, Elizar added, 92 refugees are being held in the temporary shelter. The transfer will be done in stages. This week 36 refugees will be transferred to Medan.
“We are expecting the Immigration office to give us a schedule again for the next batch,” Helizar said.
Previously, it was reported that the Rohingya refugees were rescued from wooden boats stranded off the coast of Indonesia’s northern Aceh province and Lhokseumawe waters. They fled poverty in Myanmar to get a better future in Malaysia. They were left close to shore and believed that they had arrived in Malaysia.