A group of nearly 100 refugees rescued from a boat in northern Sumatra last week are being processed through a temporary facility in Lhokseumawe in Aceh province, footage taken from Monday shows.
The refugees, most of whom are thought to be of Rohingya Muslim origin, escaped from Myanmar via Bangladesh, and are now being managed by Indonesian immigration authorities and various NGOs.
«There were so many difficulties when we were in Myanmar's camp. Before we ran to Bangladesh, we were in a Myanmar camp. After we ran to Bangladesh, there were a lot of problems. It's very difficult for us to go anywhere,» said Ziaburrahman, one of those rescued.
The group of refugees were rescued by local fisherman after officials stalled for days on a decision to grant them entry, citing safety concerns from the coronavirus.
Both Indonesia and nearby Malaysia host significant numbers of Rohingya refugees, although neither are signatories to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention.