Caring for Migrants in Indonesian Camps
The migration crisis in the Bay of Bengal has received copious media attention in recent weeks, as thousands of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been stranded at sea for an extended period, with little access to food and water. Horrific stories of privation and abuse at sea have been reported, at the same time as the discovery of mass graves on land. Over 1,700 migrants are currently being cared for in rapidly established camps and small hotels in Aceh province, Indonesia. Others are in centres in Malaysia and Thailand. IOM has appealed for USD 26 million to ensure their immediate physical and psychological wellbeing, and to offer Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration to those who wish to return.
Photos: © IOM/Joe Lowry 2015