Around 80 Rohingyas arrived in Indonesia on Friday in a wooden boat, said officials.
This was the latest batch of the Rohingyas to come ashore in Indonesia, which is one of the biggest Muslim majority nations in the world.
As per a report published by Mizzima News on Saturday, the group landed in Aceh province on Sumatra island, just weeks after dozens of the persecuted Muslim minority from Myanmar came ashore in neighbouring Malaysia.
Quoting a local police chief, Riza Yulianto, the report stated that all the Rohingyas appeared to be in good condition, but it was not clear how long they had been at sea.
The report quoted Riza Yulianto as saying, “Thank God they’re all healthy even though a few are just children,” adding, “We have given them food and we are thoroughly checking their health one by one.”
The report also stated that it has been rare for Rohingya migrants to attempt the sea routes south since Myanmar army clamped down on regional trafficking networks in 2015, sparking a crisis across Southeast Asia as large numbers were abandoned at sea.
It may be mentioned that following the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims by the Myanmar army last year about 700,000 members of the minority community fled towards the Bangladesh border.
“This month, a group including two Rohingya men, aged 28 and 33, a 20-year-old woman, a 15-year-old girl and an eight-year old boy were spotted in a small boat off the coast of southern Thailand and Myanmar, some 325 kilometres (176 miles) from Aceh,” the Mizzima News report stated.
Local Indonesian fishermen took them back to Aceh where they were later taken into custody by immigration officials.
The group reportedly said they had been travelling with two dozen other Rohingyas but got separated and were stranded at sea for about 20 days.
The officials said, the Rohingya migrants had got lost with five others who later starved to death and their bodies were thrown overboard.
Indonesia tends to accept asylum seekers but they are usually barred from working and often spend years in immigration centres, the report stated.