Wednesday, February 27, 2013

121 Rohingyas found adrift off Aceh coast

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 16:09 Mizzima News

A boat carrying 121 people from Myanmar's Rohingya ethnic minority was found adrift off Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday, Thai media have reported, citing news agency DPA.

Part of a 121-strong group of Rohingya boatpeople, including six women and two children, arrive at a shelter in Punteuet in Aceh province on February 27, 2013, after being found adrift by fishermen around 25 km from the coast of Sumatra. (AFP PHOTO)

The refugees were reportedly rescued by local fishermen on Tuesday and then taken to an immigration office in North Aceh, an official is quoted saying.

"They were starving because their food supply has run out," he said. Two children and six women were reported as being among the group.

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