Indonesian Govt Continues to Send Humanitarian Aid for Rohingya
Date 21 September 2017
The Government of Indonesia has shown its commitment to help the displaced in Rakhine State, Myanmar, by continuing to send humanitarian aid for the Rohingya refugees.
On Wednesday (20/9), the Indonesian Government dispatched humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees by using two Hercules C-130 aircrafts through the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base, Jakarta. The Hercules A 1316 took off at 2:00 pm Western Indonesia Time, and 30 minutes later Hercules A 1326.
Deputy for Protocol, Press, and Media of the Presidential Secretariat, Bey Machmudin, said in a press release on Wednesday that both aircrafts carried humanitarian aid, including supplementary food for toddlers and pregnant women, fast food packages, tents, blankets, water tanks, and sarongs. “In addition, the Ministry of Health also provided assistance in the form of 1 ton package of medicines for the refugees. The aid was also flown in the departure this time,” Bey said.
According to Bey, different from the previous one, this time, humanitarian aid was sent by the Indonesian Government to Myanmar. However, both aircraft will make a transit in the Sultan Iskandar Muda Air Force Base, Aceh, to continue the flight to Myanmar on Thursday (21/9).
A week earlier, on Wednesday (13/9), the Indonesian Government gradually dispatched aid to refugees from Rakhine State on Bangladesh-Myanmar border.
Based on the report from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, until Monday (18/9), a total of 74 tons of humanitarian aid has arrived at the Shah Amanat International Airport, Chittagong, Bangladesh, and is ready to be distributed to the refugees. (UN/ES) (MUR/YM/Naster).