Dozens of Rohingya Refugees Stranded on Indonesian Beach After Boat Breaks Down

Of rohingya refugees, all men, were involved in a boat landing on a beach in western indonesia on sunday morning. the wooden boat, with a broken engine, was carrying 57 men who were described as hungry and weak after spending up to a month at sea. at least three of the men were taken to hospital. the un had expressed fear that a separate fishing boat carrying at least 150 rohingya refugees, which had been drifting without power for two weeks, might have sunk.

Boat with 57 men landed in aceh province, indonesia on sunday morning. last week, the un had urged countries around the andaman sea in south east asia to assist the fishing boat carrying 150 refugees. people on the boat had said that a number of passengers, including children, had already died.

Rohingya muslims had fled to bangladesh in 2017 to escape a campaign of genocide launched by myanmar’s military. in recent months, they have been trying to escape from overcrowded refugee camps in southern bangladesh by taking high-risk sea journeys at this time of year, after the monsoon in the region has passed. food and water supplies had run out on the boat carrying 150 rohingya refugees. their numbers have grown because of deteriorating conditions in the camps, while more rohingya who are still in myanmar are also trying to leave following the military coup there last year. at least five boats are known to have left in the past two months.

By Evey Lovelace

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