ACTNews, JAKARTA - A total of 94 Rohingyas are currently being accommodated in the former Lhokseumawe Immigration Office after their boat was rescued by local Acehnese fishermen on Wednesday (6/24).
"Currently, the refugees are in the former Immigration Office at Punteuet Village, Blang Mangat Subdistrict, Lhokseumawe City. They are likely to be relocated to another location. They arrived without having any food. If left unchecked, the government is worried that it will badly impact the refugees. "ACT Lhokseumawe Branch Manager Thariq Farline said on Saturday (6/27).
To support the food need of the Rohingya refugees in Aceh, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) will deploy its humanitarian vehicles to Aceh. Three of ACT’s humanitarian vehicles will depart from Jakarta for Aceh to support ACT’s humanitarian actions in Lhokseumawe.
"We will deploy 3 of our humanitarian vehicles: Humanity Food Truck, Humanity Water Tank, and a rescue vehicle. These vehicles will depart this Saturday evening and will support ACT’s humanitarian actions in the field, "explained Kusmayadi, Coordinator of the Disaster Emergency Response (DER) - ACT.
The Humanity Food Truck will supply food to the refugees every day. This mobile kitchen can produce 1,000 meal packages in one go. In addition, the Humanity Water Tank will provide clean water for the Rohingyas. The rescue car will assist the humanitarian actions in the field.
"Along with these vehicles, we will also deploy several volunteers. Hopefully, our best efforts will be able to alleviate the difficulties that are now being experienced by our brothers and sisters the Rohingyas," explained Kusmayadi.
In addition to humanitarian actions, ACT plans to establish a public kitchen to provide meals for the refugees. ACT’s Public Kitchen will be active this afternoon and will operate for the next 30 days.
In addition, ACT will also empower local communities by buying staple foods from them in order to not only fulfill the Rohingyas’ need for food but also to support local communities.