BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA (AP) – More than 100 hungry and weak Rohingya were found on a beach in Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh yesterday after weeks at sea, officials said.
The group arrived on Jangka beach near Alue Buya Pasi, a fishing village in Bireuen district, early yesterday. The villagers who saw the 114 ethnic Rohingya on a rickety wooden boat helped them to land and then reported their arrival to authorities, said Badruddin Yunus, the leader of the local tribal fishing community.
“They look very weak from hunger and dehydration after a long and severe voyage at sea,” said Yunus, adding it wasn’t clear where the group was travelling from or where it was headed because none of them could speak English or Malay.
More details on Monday’s Borneo Bulletin