Last Updated: December 10, 2023, 13:18 IST
Rohingya refugees rest after arriving at a beach in Krueng Raya, Indonesia’s Aceh province on December 10, 2023. (AFP)
Over 300 Rohingya refugees stranded in Indonesia after weeks at sea. Persecuted Myanmar minority faces challenges as they seek safety in Aceh province
More than 300 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and children, were stranded on the coast of western Indonesia Sunday after being adrift at sea for weeks, the latest in the biggest wave of arrivals since 2015.
A group of 180 refugees from the persecuted Myanmar minority arrived by boat at 3:00 am local time (2000 GMT Saturday) on a beach in the Pidie regency of Aceh province. Another boat carrying 135 refugees landed in neighbouring Aceh Besar regency hours later after being adrift at sea for more than a month. The mostly Muslim Rohingya were the target of a 2017 crackdown by Myanmar’s military that is the subject of a UN genocide probe.
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