Another Group of Rohingya Refugees Stranded in Lhokseumawe

A total of 295 Rohingya refugees were stranded on Ujong Blang Coast, Banda Sakti District, Lhokseumawe City. Based on reports that Aksi Cepat Tanggap received, they landed at 01.00 a.m. local time. Currently, the authorities are still coordinating and collecting data.

The Rohingya refugees who arrived on the coast of Ujong Blang consisted of 100 men, 181 women and 14 children. (ACTNews / Amanda Jufrian)

ACTNews, LHOKSEUMAWE – Another group of Rohingya refugees was stranded on Ujong Blang Coast, Banda Sakti District, Lhokseumawe City, Monday (9/7) at 01.00 a.m. Based on the data that Aksi Cepat Tanggap received from UNHCR, there were 295 people Rohingyas consisting of 100 men, 181 women, and 14 children.

Muhammad Alfian from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Lhokseumawe Communication Team reported that the refugees are now being placed in beachside huts. Currently, the authorities are still collecting data. ACT is currently coordinating with various parties.

Alfian also explained that it has been quite bustling because the locals have been gathering to take a look. They also bring clothes and food for the Rohingya refugees. Meanwhile, since early morning, the local officers have been checking their health. "This afternoon, the volunteers from Aksi Cepat Tanggap and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) Lhokseumawe and North Aceh will be involved in food distribution activities,” said Alfian.

The number of the Rohingyas who arrived in this second wave is bigger compared to the group of Rohingyas that arrived in late June.

"The locals have been prohibited from coming close to the Rohingyas because the rapid tests (for Covid-19) have not been carried out," Alfian explained.

It is not certain where the Rohingyas will be accommodated. It is also unknown if the they are able to speak and understand the Malay language.

"When the first group of Rohingya refugees arrived several months ago, ACT deployed the Humanity Food Truck, Humanity Water Truck, and Pre-Hospital Ambulance to provide food and medical assistance for the Rohingyas. Again, we, with the support of the volunteers, are trying to provide the best for the Rohingyas. You can support our humanitarian actions by donating to BNI Syariah account number 99 0000 411 in the name of Aksi Cepat Tanggap Lhokseumawe," Alfian asked. []