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Arrival of a second boat carrying 185 Rohingya in Aceh, Indonesia

Arrival of a second boat carrying 185 Rohingya in Aceh, Indonesia

A day after a wooden boat carrying 57 Rohingya landed in another area of Aceh, the boat came ashore in the village of Ujong Pie.

After floating at sea for weeks, at least 185 Rohingya migrants have arrived in Aceh, Indonesia's most northern province, according to police and rights groups.

A day after a wooden boat carrying 57 Rohingya people touched down in another area of Aceh on Christmas Day, the boat made landfall in the village of Ujong Pie on Monday.

The group consists of 83 adult males, 70 adult women, and 32 youngsters, according to a statement from Winardy, a spokeswoman for the Aceh police.

A citizen posted a video of the Rohingya resting on the shore, including some youngsters, looking visibly frail and worn out.

According to the UNHCR, the number of Rohingya making these risky boat crossings has surged six-fold this year compared to 2021. It asked regional governments to act quickly to save them.

The UN reported on Tuesday that at least 20 Rohingya people have perished at sea recently.

Since 2017, more than a million Rohingya Muslims have escaped persecution in Myanmar, a country with a majority of Buddhists. The bulk of them are currently residing in several refugee camps in Bangladesh, which is nearby.

The number of people leaving the camps has significantly increased, according to rights organizations, rising from 500 last year to an estimated 2,400 this year. What is causing the bigger migration is unclear.

Some activists believe the lifting of COVID restrictions around Southeast Asia, a favoured destination for the Rohingya, could be a factor.

Earlier this month, Sri Lanka’s navy rescued 104 Rohingya, while Thai authorities saved six others who were found clinging to a floating water tank.

Second boat with 185 Rohingya arrives in Indonesia’s Aceh
Second boat with 185 Rohingya arrives in Indonesia’s Aceh
Second boat with 185 Rohingya arrives in Indonesia’s Aceh
Second boat with 185 Rohingya arrives in Indonesia’s Aceh
Second boat with 185 Rohingya arrives in Indonesia’s Aceh
Second boat with 185 Rohingya arrives in Indonesia’s Aceh
FILE PHOTO: A boat carrying Rohingya refugees, including women and children, is seen stranded in waters off the coast of Bireuen, Aceh province, Indonesia, December 27, 2021, in this still image taken from a video. Video recorded on December 27, 2021. Aditya Setiawan via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT./File Photo
Second boat with 185 Rohingya arrives in Indonesia’s Aceh
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