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81 Rohingya Refugees Stranded in Indonesia's Aceh Province
A boat carrying 81 Rohingya refugees has landed on Idaman Island in Indonesia’s Aceh province on Friday, June 4, after a 113-day voyage.
"We have learnt that the 81 (refugees) were fine, they landed on Idaman Island in Aceh (Indonesia)," said Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan Project, a group that monitors the Rohingya, as quoted by the Reuters news agency.
The headman of Kuala Simpang village on Idaman Island, Ulim Umar Idris, backed Chris' findings. "The villagers said the ship had been stranded off [Kuala Simpang] village. The locals also gave food and drink [to the refugees]," he said.
"However, nobody dared to approach them, for fear of Covid-19 transmission."
Dwi Prafitria, spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Indonesia, told Reuters that the refugees currently don't have a place to stay.
The vessel set sail from Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh on February 11 with 90 refugees with the hope of reaching Malaysia. But the boat's engine failed off the Andaman Islands, four days after leaving Cox's Bazar.