Around 300 Rohingya refugees arrived in the Indonesian province of Aceh on Monday after spending more than six months at sea. This emerges from the reports of the survivors themselves who, according to the High Commissioner, lost more than 30 travel companions. the UN for Refugees (UNHCR).
An Indonesian Red Cross official, Muhamad Waly, told the DPA news agency that the boat with these 297 people arrived around midnight. He had left Bangladesh, allegedly for Malaysia, and 181 women, 102 men and 14 minors were traveling.
“According to information from several of them, they spent six months at sea,” said Waly, who confirmed that the migrants are “weak” and some are even “sick”. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has confirmed on Twitter that a team has been sent to support these people.
UNHCR’s director for Asia and the Pacific, Indrika Ratwatte, has also issued a statement warning that “desperate conditions” have passed, to the point that “an estimated more than 30 people have died” on the voyage that would have begun . in February.