Hundreds of Rohingya refugees arrive in Indonesia after sea crossings
More than 500 Rohingya refugees originally from Myanmar landed on the shores of Indonesia's Aceh province on Sunday (November 19), the fourth wave of arrivals this week, a local UNHCR official said.
The refugees, who arrived at various parts of the province including Bireuen, Pidie and East Aceh, have overwhelmed local facilities, Munawaratul Makhya, a UNHCR official, told Reuters.
She said the location where they were being accommodated in Pidie was overflowing with the fresh arrivals and the UNHCR was waiting for the government to provide bigger temporary shelters to house them.
Hundreds of Muslim Rohingya have arrived in Aceh province in recent days, taking the total there to more than a thousand, continuing a migration which has for several years seen Rohingyas escaping from Myanmar to Muslim-majority Bangladesh, or by rickety wooden boats to Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as Thailand.