A Rohingya boy from Myanmar is photographed with his mother during police identification procedures at a newly set up confinement area in Bayeun, Aceh, on May 20. (AFP Photo/Romeo Gacad)

Qatar Gives Indonesia $49m to Host Rohingya Refugees


MAY 29, 2015

Jakarta. Qatar will donate Rp 660 billion ($49 million) to help Indonesia provide shelter for Rohingya refugees.

Foreign Affairs Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi said that at a meeting in Doha, she had spoken with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, about the regional efforts to help the refugees.

Most if not all of the people made it to Indonesian shores in recent weeks are Muslims.

Indonesia currently receives aid from the International Organization of Migration, which has allocated $26 million to help refugees stranded in Southeast Asia.

“The donation is in a form of financial aid from Qatar to Indonesia to help cover expenses allocated for Rohingya refugees,” Tamim said on Friday, as quoted by newsportal Detik.com.

President Joko Widodo said last week that Indonesia would need international aid to cover expenses it would incur in hosting refugees, most of whom are fleeing persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.