Indonesian Authorities Find Stranded Sri Lankan Refugees
Indonesian police find dozens of Sri Lankan asylum seekers stranded near an island in West Java. The refugees say they were on their way to Australia's Christmas Island. On Wednesday, 87 Sri Lankan refugees were taken into custody by Indonesian police. They were first spotted by fishermen near Panaitan Island of West Java. [Budi Hermawan, Banten Police]: "In this ship we have 67 people and in the other boat we have 10 people, seven people we found on the Island and in addition to the three people who reported us where their location. So in total are 87 asylum seekers." The group of asylum seekers said they were headed for Christmas Island. [Asmir, Sri Lankan Refugee]: "We plan to move to some place we need to live life peacefully so we plan to move some place." Stranded for 45 days, some of the asylum seekers said they tried asking passing boats for help. [Unidentified Sri Lankan Refugee]: "We were asking but the boat was not coming and giving us diesel oil, food and water." Indonesian police provided the group with medical treatment, food and put them into a quarantine facility.
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