Thursday, 04 June 2020 | 10:28 WIB

Indonesia Set to Build 1,000 Temporary Homes for Rohingyas in Bangladesh

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia through a humanitarian organization Aksi Cepat Tanggap is going to start building 1,000 temporary homes for Rohingya refugees on the Bangladesh border so they can begin a new life.

"After delivering food aid, we will launch 1,000 shelters, not plastic or tents, but build a comfortable home," said President of Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Ahyudin in Jakarta, Wednesday (9/27/2017).

Ahyudin said the 1,000 temporary buildings will be divided into 10 blocks of refugees, each of which has a mosque and a madrasah (Islamic school).

Approximately 500 temporary shelters, he added, would be prioritized for orphans who lost their parents while trying to flee to Bangladesh.

To build a temporary shelter, the foundation has set aside funds worth IDR25 billion from donations of the people of Indonesia to Rohingya.

Ahyudin said the construction of temporary shelters will begin by next Monday and is expected to take three months to complete.

ACT utilizes local people because it is impossible to bring manpower for the construction from Indonesia.

"After food is channeled, then housing, followed by education. We will make madrasah and make market so as to not depend on aids," Ahyudin said.

On Thursday (9/21), Indonesia has sent 2,000 tons of rice dispatched by humanitarian vessel from Terminal Petikemas port of Surabaya.

The aid is the largest humanitarian aid from Indonesia to Rohingya.