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Jakarta Post

Vice President Kalla promises shelter for Rohingya refugees in Aceh

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 25, 2018   /   04:12 pm
Vice President Kalla promises shelter for Rohingya refugees in Aceh In humanitarian crisis: An International Organization for Migration (IOM) official (right, with a blue jacket) listens to complaints of several Rohingya refugees in a shelter in Cot Gapu, Bireuen regency, Aceh, on April 21. (Antara/Rahmad)

Vice President Jusuf Kalla has assured dozens of Rohingya refugees cast ashore on Kuara Bireuen Beach in Aceh on Friday they will be accommodated in a shelter.

“Our nation’s principles require us to welcome those refugees, give them shelter and provide them with food,” said Kalla on Tuesday.

The Vice President said he would collaborate with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to handle the matter.

“Refusing those who seek refuge in our country is just the same as defying the second principle of [ the state ideology] Pancasila,” he said, referring to the principle, which is “A Just and Civilized Humanity”.

Bireuen Deputy Regent Muzakkar A.Gani said the Rohingya refugees had been found by a local fisherman.

“They stayed on the beach to receive proper medical treatment because they could barely drink or eat anything,” Muzakkar said as quoted by  (dpk/ebf)