(CTN News) – In a report, a UNHCR official in Aceh province said that more than 500 Rohingya refugees, originally from Myanmar, arrived Aceh province on Sunday, the fourth wave of arrivals this week, he said.
Reuters reports that the refugees, who arrived in various parts of the province including Bireuen, Pidie, and East Aceh, have overwhelmed localaccording to Munawaratul Makhya, a UNHCR official.
The official said that since the Rohingya refugees arrived early this morning, we have coordinated with local officials in the Pidieto ensure that they receive their basic needs since they have been floating on the sea for he said.
As she explained to me, the location where theyin Pidie was overflowing with the UNHCR was waiting for the government to provide them with bigger temporary shelters to accommodate all of them.
Several hundred Muslim Rohingya have arrived in Aceh province in recent days,
Adding to the totalmore than a thousand. In recent years, Rohingyas have escaped Myanmar by crossing the border into Muslim-majority Bangladesh, or by hopping aboard rickety wooden boats to Malaysia, Indonesia, and continuing a migration that has continued for several years.
There are almost 1 million Rohingya refugees living in camps in Bangladesh that U.N. Special Representative for Refugees Filippo Grandi described as the “largest humanitarian camp in the world for Rohingya refugees”.
In a statement issued to the media on Tuesday, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said that the country has no obligation or capacity to accommodate refugeelet alone to provide permanent solutions.
There is no agreement between Jakarta and the UN Refugee Convention as Jakarta is not a signatory.