Three Rohingya refugees found dead in sea after boat capsizes

Mar24,2024



Indonesian officials Search for survivors of boat capsized nearby called off Aceh Province on Sunday, after the bodies of three Rohingya refugees were found in the sea, the provincial search and rescue agency reported.
The boat capsized, trapping 75 people trapped overnight in its hull, who were rescued Thursday by fishermen and a search and rescue team, according to an AP report. The survivors included 44 men, 22 women, and nine children, some of whom required medical care at a local hospital, while most were transferred to a temporary shelter. Aceh Barat district. Some of the rescued refugees reported that they had lost family members during the journey.
head of Banda Aceh Search and Rescue Agency, al hussain, revealed that the bodies of two adult women and a boy, believed to be Rohingya refugees, were found in the sunken boat. “When we searched the area, the team found three bodies, including two adult women and a boy. They are reportedly Rohingya refugees who were passengers of the capsized and sunken boat,” Hussain said.
Faisal Rahman, a UNHCR staff member in Aceh, noted that survivors helped identify dead persons, assisting in the verification process.
Reports from local authorities in Aceh indicated sightings of dead persons in nearby waters following the incident. UN agencies have expressed concern over around 70 Rohingya refugees who are feared missing or dead after the tragic sinking of their boat. The refugees had set out on a dangerous sea journey from Bangladesh to seek refuge in Indonesia. The Rohingya community in Bangladesh, consisting mainly of about 1 million people, fled Myanmar in 2017 to escape severe persecution by Myanmar security forces, leading to allegations of widespread atrocities.
While Indonesia, along with Thailand and Malaysia, is not a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention, it often provides temporary shelter to refugees facing crisis.



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