Friday, May 22, 2015

Moslem Rohingya Myanmar By Boat to Safety

The recent resurgence in inter-communal violence in western Myanmar, forced forced hundreds of people to sail to safety on their fishing boats.

From students demonstrating in Aceh to lawmakers and netizens, calls are increasing among Indonesians for the government to come to the aid of the persecuted Muslim Rohingya. But the Indonesian government has so far remained firm it can’t accept any more than those already on its shores. In Aceh, about a hundred students demonstrated on Tuesday, May 19, asking the government to rescue the Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants.

 On, a petition initiated on March 17 asking President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to allow the Rohingya refugees still out at sea to disembark on Indonesian land gathered more than 13,500 signatures in less than two days.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative Thomas Vargas met with Vice President Jusuf Kalla to discuss the influx of Rohingya refugees who reached shore in Aceh. Thomas said the UNHCR aas really grateful for the help by the Indonesian government to Rohingya refugees.  He also said that the talks with Jusuf Kalla were about how to handle the Rohingya refugees.

 Thomas added the UNHCR and other international institutions would help Indonesia deal with Rohingya refugees. Around 1,300 Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees were stranded in Sumatera waters. Activists are worried that thousands of other refugees had drowned between the Mallaca Strait and the Andaman Sea.(

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