BANDA ACEH, Indonesia – A total of 182 ethnic Rohingya have fled their encampment in Indonesia's Aceh province, with government officials suspecting they may have been persuaded by human traffickers to flee.
The spokesman for North Aceh district's government, Amir Hamzah, said Saturday that only 140 out of about 322 Rohingya remained at the refugee shelter in Blang Adoe village in northern Aceh.
Hamzah said the refugees may have left the encampment in groups. He didn't specify when they began to flee.
They are among more than 3,000 Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis abandoned by human traffickers who were rescued or washed ashore in May in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
Indonesia sheltered 1,346 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants. They are being held in camps and some are separated from family members, including those living in Malaysia.