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Between October and April each year when the seas are less affected by storms and cyclones thousands of Rohingya refugees attempt to cross the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea to reach the shores of Malaysia and Indonesia in search of protection. All are from Rakhine in Myanmar where they have been subject of persecution, ethnic cleansing and genocide. More than a million are refugees in Bangladesh, few hundred thousands remain in Myanmar. The inhumane conditions in Rakhine and the refugee camps in Bangladesh make them easy prey for human traffickers promising them a better future abroad. Usually the boats are unseaworthy and the journey endless, usually more than 40 days. With a lack of water, food and medical care many don't survive the crossing. At present only Indonesia is still allowing the boats and refugees to stay, other countries usually push the boats back in international waters. The question remains how long Indonesia and the population of Aceh will continue to accept and shelter the Rohingya refugees that nobody is ready to accept despite the documented abuses they are victim of in Rakhine and in the refugee camps of Bangladesh. So far the people of Aceh show great solidarity with the refugees arriving, but with ever increasing numbers arriving this may change in the future when finding appropriate shelter might become an issue. Much of the coordination, support and awareness is being provided by Yayasan Geutanyoe, a local NGO who is at the forefront of this humanitarian tragedy and is making sure that no one is left stranded without essential aid and shelter after the horrific journey refugees have been through. Shelter for Rohingya refugees in Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, October 2023