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Sri Lankan boat headed for Australia marooned in bad weather off Indonesian coast

By The Sydney Morning Herald World Headlines - Mon Jun 13, 2:53 am

The boat of 44 Sri Lankans remains off the Indonesian coast.

The boat of 44 Sri Lankans remains off the Indonesian coast. Photo: Raihal Fajri

Jakarta: A boat with 44 Sri Lankans who claim to be headed for Christmas Island remains marooned in bad weather off the Indonesian province of Aceh.

Indonesian authorities have provided the Sri Lankans with food but will not let them disembark because they do not have passports or valid travel documents.

Sri Lanka refugees wait for help from the Indonesia Government after their wooden boat drifted off the Indonesian coast, ...

Sri Lanka refugees wait for help from the Indonesia Government after their wooden boat drifted off the Indonesian coast, on Saturday. Photo: Raihal Fajri

“There is one who showed something like a refugee document but it is not from the UNHCR,” the head of the Aceh immigration office, Achmad Samadan, told Fairfax Media.

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