Nearly 100 Rohingya refugees were rescued after having been stranded in a boat off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province, authorities said on Wednesday (June 24).
Police said the vessel, found by fishermen, was carrying around 94 foreign nationals, including 15 men, 49 women and 30 children.
The refugees will be sent for medical checks and registration upon arrival, police chief of North Aceh regency Tri Hadiyanto told reporters.
Rohingya have made perilous voyages to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia for years, fleeing Myanmar or poverty in refugee camps in Bangladesh.
More than one million live in squalid conditions in sprawling camps in the south of Bangladesh, with as many as a dozen people sharing one shelter and scarce access to soap and water in some areas.