Source Jakartapost, 9 April
A number of Rohingya refugees currently living in the Pasar III temporary shelter on Jl.Jamin Ginting, Medan, North Sumatra, have asked the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to immediately resettle them in a third country.
M.Habib, 43, one of Rohingya refugees in Medan, said on Monday that he had never made a problem out of which third country they would be resettled to. This issue would fully depend on the UNHCR’s policy because it was the only institution that had been dealing with issues concerning the Rohingya refugees so far, he added.
“The most important thing for us is how we can find a way to not live in the temporary shelter anymore,” said Habib as quoted by Antara news agency.
He said the Rohingya refugees in Medan had been living in the city’s temporary shelter for about two to four years. “It’s very boring living in the shelters for such a long period of time,” said Habib.
He said the Rohingya refugees wanted a clearer status and a country that could give them a security guarantee. “It has nothing to do with money,” said Habib.
No countries were willing to accept the Rohingya refugees, he said. “But going back to Myanmar is also not an option because our mothers, brothers, sisters and other family members have all died due to the conflict,” he went on.
Previously, dozens of Rohingya refugees visited the UNHCR representative office on Jl.Babura Lama, Medan, to protest against the agency’s slow actions in resettling them in a third country. (asw/ebf)