Al-I'tisam Disaster Fund - Boat People in Acheh

About 1,600 Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi immigrants landed in Aceh on and around 10th May 2015. They were rescued by Acehnese fishermen at sea by towing their boats to several locations including Kota Langsa, Bayeun and Lhokseumawe.

They were suffering from starvation and malnutrition due to insufficient food during their 3 months sea voyage from Arakan. They were abandoned at sea by their smugglers and were given several directions for them to sail to.

As soon as the news reach us, Al-I’tisam makes an arrangement with a local organisation in Kota Langsa and sent a team including a doctor on 1st June until 5th June 2015.

The team visited camps in Langsa and Bayeun immediately upon arrival to access the situation and to make evaluation the kind of aid most needed in those camps. Our local contact was very effective and we received full cooperation from the officers including UNCHR responsible managing the camps.

Evident of starvation, malnutrition and abuse were quite glaring. Many were thin and some were too weak to walk and needed treatment.

After the discussion with the authority there, we decided to supply vitamins and other medicines as requested by the medical team stationed at the camps.

We also donated 2 units of chest freezer and 2 units chiller to store food so purchases can be made in large quantities and to ensure it stays fresh longer.


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