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23 May 2015 description

BLUF – Potential Implications to PACOM

  • Mass migrations of ethnic Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar (Burma) may necessitate multinational support in looking for migrant vessels and providing locations to assist regional partner nations in alleviating the immediate humanitarian crisis.

  • Possibly requested support may include maritime domain awareness in Andaman Sea and nearby waters, search flights in international airspace, and information sharing with potential assisting countries: Malaysia, Indonesia,
    Thailand, and others as necessary.

22 May 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

In a village overlooked by Mount Merapi, hundreds of families, displaced by the volcano’s eruptions, are slowly adapting to living in their new homes.

The families were relocated from their old villages in disaster-prone areas, which could no longer be inhabited after they were buried by volcanic materials.

“My home is quake-proof and we’ve been able to decorate it because we saved some money,” Markuat, a housewife, told World Bank president Jim Yong-kim and his entourage during a visit on Wednesday.

22 May 2015 description

Geneva, 21 May 2015 – The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement welcomes the announcement that thousands of migrants who have been stranded at sea will be able to access temporary shelter in Indonesia and Malaysia. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement further reaffirms its commitment to provide humanitarian assistance to the many men, women and children who are in need of help.

20 May 2015 description
report IHH

IHH and its partner organization PKPU in Indonesia started giving away hot meals and medications to the refugees from Arakan.

Fishermen from Aceh rescued around thousand Rohingya Muslims, who were left adrift at sea by the human smugglers last week. Rohingyas are offered shelter in a camp set up by the local government in Aceh. It is reported that the camps currently accommodate around 1,500 refugees.

20 May 2015 description

The decision by Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to reverse an appalling policy of turning back boats carrying refugees and vulnerable migrants is a step in the right direction – but falls far short of the measures urgently needed to save thousands of lives still at risk at sea, or to address the root causes of the crisis, Amnesty International said.

20 May 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD/KUALA LUMPUR, 20 May 2015 (IRIN) - Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to provide temporary shelter and assistance to thousands of migrants still stranded at sea in Southeast Asia, but they have stopped short of offering to find their boats and bring them ashore.

20 May 2015 description

Banda Aceh, Indonesia | AFP | Wednesday 5/20/2015 - 05:27 GMT

by Nurdin Hasan

Hundreds of starving boatpeople were rescued off Indonesia on Wednesday as Myanmar for the first time offered to help ease a regional migrant crisis blamed in part on its treatment of the ethnic Rohingya minority.

The change of tune from Yangon came as the foreign ministers of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand -- facing global criticism for turning away rickety boats packed with starving migrants -- gathered for talks on the issue.

19 May 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Aggregate 2015 rice production forecast to increase from last year’s bumper level

  • Concern about negative impact of El Niño event on 2015 second season cereal production

  • Cereal imports forecast to decrease in 2015/16 marketing year (April/March)

  • Rice prices declined in April but still at near-record levels

Aggregate 2015 rice production forecast to increase from last year’s bumper level

18 May 2015 description

LHOKSUKON, Indonesia, May 18 (UNHCR) – As governments in the region deliberate over what to do with boatloads of vulnerable people stranded at sea, the people of Indonesia have spoken.

In the last week, Indonesian fishermen have rescued more than 1,300 Bangladeshis and Rohingya from Myanmar after they drifted or swam to shore in the provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra. Local communities have mobilized donations of food, water as well as moral support – all desperately needed after the terrible ordeal the boat people have been through.

18 May 2015 description

Langsa, Indonesia | AFP | Monday 5/18/2015 - 05:29 GMT

The Indonesian navy prevented a suspected migrant boat from entering the country's waters at the weekend after the arrival of hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshis and has stepped up patrols in the area, the military said Monday.

Nearly 3,000 migrants have swum to shore or been rescued off Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand over the past week, around half of whom have arrived in Indonesia's western province of Aceh.

16 May 2015 description

Langsa, Indonesia | AFP | Saturday 5/16/2015 - 12:39 GMT

by Nurdin Hasan

Snatched by people traffickers in his native Bangladesh and forced onto a migrant boat, 14-year-old Absaruddin endured a weeks-long nightmare in which he almost starved to death, saw his relatives killed and was forced to jump overboard after being attacked.

He lived to tell the tale after he and several hundred other Bangladeshis and Rohingya from Myanmar were plucked to safety Friday from their sinking boat and the waters by Indonesian fishermen.

15 May 2015 description

Thailand - IOM has released USD 1 million to launch operations to help migrants left in a desperate situation by people smugglers in Southeast Asia.

The release of funds from IOM’s Migration Emergency Funding Mechanism will allow expanded relief efforts for migrants currently ashore, and to assist the estimated 6,000 stranded at sea in at least six boats off Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

15 May 2015 description

Langsa, Indonesia | 12:39 GMT

by Nurdin Hasan

About 900 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants made it to shore in Indonesia and Thailand Friday, as Myanmar undermined calls for a coordinated response to Southeast Asia's human-trafficking crisis by threatening to boycott a planned summit.

The Indonesian and Malaysian policy of turning away stricken boats filled with Bangladeshis and ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar has been met with outrage, including from Washington and the United Nations.

13 May 2015 description

The UN refugee agency is extremely alarmed at reports suggesting that Indonesia and Malaysia may have pushed back boats carrying vulnerable people from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

On Monday the Indonesian navy stated that it had escorted a boat out to sea, although it is not clear if this represents a change in the government’s policy. Yesterday Malaysia’s Maritime Enforcement Agency announced that it would not let foreign ships dock unless they are unseaworthy and sinking.

11 May 2015 description

Langkawi, Malaysia | AFP | Monday 5/11/2015 - 13:21 GMT

by M JEGATHESAN

Nearly 2,000 boat people from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been rescued or swum to shore in Malaysia and Indonesia, authorities said Monday, warning that yet more desperate migrants could be in peril at sea.

The spate of arrivals comes as Thailand, a key stop on a Southeast Asian people-smuggling route, cracks down following the discovery of mass graves that has laid bare the extent of the thriving trade.

10 May 2015 description

Lhoksukon, Indonesia | AFP | Monday 5/11/2015 - 11:46 GMT

by Reza Juanda

They washed up on Indonesia's far west coast "sad, tired and distressed" after a treacherous high-seas journey: hundreds of Rohingya migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, with children in tow, in search of a better life.

They were never supposed to wind up in Indonesia's Aceh region, said one Muslim Rohingya aboard the wooden boat which arrived at the weekend.

10 May 2015 description

This is the 131st in a series of monthly reports that focus on developments affecting Papuans. This series is produced by the non-profit West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) drawing on media accounts, other NGO assessments, and analysis and reporting from sources within West Papua. This report is co-published by the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN). Back issues are posted online at http://www.etan.org/issues/wpapua/default.htm Questions regarding this report can be addressed to Edmund McWilliams at edmcw@msn.com.

06 May 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Bogor, 30 April 2015 - Indonesia is prone to strong earthquakes, tsunami, floods, mudflow and landslides. On 26 December 2004, Banda Aceh City, other parts of the Aceh province and small outlying islands of Sumatra suffered from a 9.1 magnitude Indian Ocean earthquake which resulted in a tsunami, killing around 225,000 people.

06 May 2015 description

Jakarta, Indonesia | AFP | Wednesday 5/6/2015 - 04:17 GMT

Four people were killed and nine others remain missing after a landslide buried homes on Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said Wednesday.

A landslide triggered by a pipeline explosion on Tuesday engulfed eight homes and trapped villagers in a West Java village.

The pipeline, belonging to a geothermal project in the area, had been damaged in a previous landslide caused by days of torrential rain.