Rohingya are originally Bangladeshis that were either brought by the British as cheap labour during the 19th century, or jumped the fence illegally after the empire fell.
If anyone actually has a duty to take them in, it’s Bangladesh, since that’s literally their country.
Nearly 150 Rohingya refugees, mostly hungry and weak women and children, have reached a beach in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province after weeks at sea, officials said on Sunday.
The group of 53 men, 39 women and 55 children arrived on Karang Gadih beach in Langkat district late Saturday, said the village head, Muhammad Amiruddin. A rickety, leaky wooden boat that brought them from Bangladesh was moored on a lighthouse island not far from the village, he said.
Five among the refugees were sick after the long journey and residents gave them food and water while they waited for instructions from immigration and local officials to decide where to take them. Residents do not want the refugees in their communities, however, and last week many protested the recent Rohingya arrivals.
“We helped them as they look very weak from hunger and dehydration,” Amiruddin said. “But many residents cannot accept them to live in our village because they will only bring problems later.”
He said that one of the refugees told authorities that they sailed from the Cox Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh to Indonesia and became stranded on a lighthouse island.
About 740,000 Rohingya were resettled in Bangladesh after fleeing their homes in Myanmar to escape a brutal counter-insurgency campaign by security forces. But the camps in Bangladesh are squalid, with surging gang violence and rampant hunger, leading many to flee again.
A mob of Indonesian students on Wednesday attacked the basement of a local community hall in Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province, where 137 Rohingya were taking shelter. The incident drew an outcry from human rights groups and the UN refugee agency, which said the attack left the refugees shocked and traumatised.
Indonesia’s navy said on Thursday that it forcibly pushed a boat packed with refugees back to international waters after it approached the shores of Aceh province.
It is unclear whether the refugees who arrived late Saturday in neighbouring North Sumatra province were from the same boat that was pushed away by the navy.
Remember when they said the Burmese were racist against Moslems for not taking them in?
Well, Indonesia is a Moslem country.
People don’t want the Rohingya because they create problems. They don’t work and only cause trouble.
They should be shipped back to Bangladesh and Bangladesh should not be allowed to let them loose.