Humanity Food Truck Serves Daily Meals for Rohingyas

Thousands of meal packages have been provided to Rohingya refugees and volunteers on duty in North Aceh. For days, the mobile kitchen has been serving the Rohingyas and the volunteers in Aceh.

The Humanity Food Truck Team handing over meal packages to Rohingya refugees in North Aceh. The mobile kitchen is able to cook up to hundreds of meal packages. (ACTNews / Gina Mardani)

ACTNews, LHOKSEUMAWE – After a four-day journey, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Humanity Food Truck arrived in the temporary shelter for Rohingya refugees at the building of former Lhokseumawe Immigration Office. For the first phase, hundreds of meal packages were cooked for 90 Rohingya refugees, local officers, and volunteers in charge of taking care of the Rohingyas. To date, the Humanity Food Truck has been serving meal packages for the Rohingyas and the volunteers taking care of them.

As of Friday (17/7), The Humanity Food Truck has been providing food for the Rohingya refugees for two weeks. Humanity Food Truck coordinator Ryan Andriana Rachman said, around 6,300 meal packages had been served by the Humanity Food Truck to fulfill the Rohingyas’ need for food.

"To date, over six thousand meal packages have been served. We are cooking more meal packages because the Humanity Food Truck will continue serving meal packages for the Rohingyas and the volunteers until the next few days," explained Ryan.

Now, Rohingya refugees have been moved to the Lhokseumawe Vocational Training Center. ACT’s Humanitarian vehicles have also relocated to the new evacuation site. Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) team in Aceh took part in serving the refugees there.

A Rohingya child in North Aceh receiving meal packages from ACT’s Humanity Food Truck. (ACTNews)

Hidayatullah from ACT Lhokseumawe said that, in addition to providing meals to the refugees, ACT also sent its volunteers to provide psychosocial support by playing and conducting various other activities with the refugee children. "On Monday (7/20), ACT and MRI Volunteers will provide psychosocial support for the children so that they don’t get bored after having stayed in Aceh for almost a month,” said Dayat, Saturday (7/18).

In late June, a boat carrying Rohingya refugees was seen adrift in the sea in North Aceh by local fishermen. There are about 90 Rohingyas departing from Bangladesh, among them were children. Upon hearing about this, ACT immediately sent food aid because they arrived at Aceh without bringing any supply.

In their own homeland of Myanmar, the Rohingyas have been persecuted for the last few years, resulting in an exodus of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh in 2017. Some of them even crossed the sea to get to safety.

For several years, ACT has been assisting the Rohingyas by sending aid to the IDP in Myanmar, as well as Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and Aceh. The aid is funded by the alms given by the community. "The act of kindness for the Rohingya has never been separated from the participations of the community, one of which is reflected through a variety of assistance channeled, such as food from the Humanity Food Truck. However, this is not enough because the Rohingya ethnic group in Aceh is a small part of the large Muslim community that is still suffering in their own land, "added Dayat. []