Tired and Hungry, Condition of 81 Stranded Rohingyas in Aceh

A total of 81 Rohingyas are stranded in North Aceh after seeking refuge from Bangladesh by boat. They are exhausted and hungry after days at sea. Now, food is urgently needed by them to survive.

The stranded Rohingyas in North Aceh.
The stranded Rohingyas in North Aceh. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, NORTH ACEH – A total of 81 Rohingyas are stranded on Idaman Gampong Kuala Simpang Ulim Island, Simpang Ulim District, North Aceh Regency, Friday (6/4/2021). According to the information gathered by Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) in Lhokseumawe, the Rohingyas arrived at 7 a.m local time using an indecent boat to carry many passengers on it. They consist of 19 men, 51 women, and 11 children.

“Their condition is very concerning. They were exhausted and hungry. When the locals distributed food aid to them, they quickly devoured the food,” said Hidayatullah from the ACT Lhokseumawe Program Team, Friday (4/6/2021).

However, Hidayatullah emphasized that the distributed food aid was very limited. “As for today, we are not sure whether they can receive another food aid or not. We don’t know how many days they had been on the sea. We also don’t know how many days they had survived without food. But for sure, they are now starving. Therefore, their current urgent need is food,” said Hidayatullah.

Secretary of Panglima Laot Miftah Cut Adek told the Anadolu Agency on Friday that these 81 Rohingyas fled from Bangladesh camps where thousands of other Rohingyas stayed.

Miftah said there were 90 Rohingyas on the boat initially, but 8 of them died, and the other was missing at sea. 

According to the report from ACT's Global Humanity Response team, the lives of Rohingyas at the refugee camps in Bangladesh are indeed surrounded by various humanitarian crises, ranging from food problems to inadequate shelter. The refugee camps in Cox's Bazar are densely populated and made of only simple tents which are prone to fires.

In addition, many Rohingya children are very thin due to the lack of nutrition intake. It becomes more miserable since there are no job opportunities for the Rohingyas to help them survive.[]