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Indonesia. Boat engine broke down during sea voyage, 26 Rohingya died in agony



Pidi (Indonesia). At least 26 Rohingya Muslims have died on the high seas during a month-long perilous sea voyage, a UN agency said on Tuesday, while other refugees have reached safety in Indonesia. At least 185 men, women and children disembarked from a dilapidated wooden boat on Ujong Pai beach in the coastal village of Muara Tiga, Pidi district, Aceh province, on Monday night, local authorities said. responsible. In a video circulating on social media, Rohingya refugees can be seen looking weak, exhausted and pleading for help.

Local police chief Fauji said: “They became very weak due to lack of water and fatigue after being at sea for a few weeks.” The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said survivors told the agency that 26 people had died during the long journey. A refugee said he left a refugee camp in Bangladesh in late November and continued to cross the high seas. This refugee, named Roseyid, said at least 20 people died from high waves and disease, and that their bodies were thrown into the sea.

According to the UNHCR, more than 2,000 people have made dangerous sea voyages in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal this year, and nearly 200 have died. The agency also received unconfirmed reports that another boat with around 180 people on board is missing and all passengers are believed to be dead. Chris Lewa, director of Project Arakan, an organization working for Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, said the latest influx cases came from five groups of Rohingya who entered Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district to avoid being detained. by the local coast guard. on small boats. After that they were sent on five big ships.

Myanmar’s security forces have been accused of burning houses, mass killings and raping Muslims belonging to the Rohingya minority. Many refugees arrived in Malaysia by sea but were detained.

Tags: Indonesia, Rohingya Muslims