On Friday 15th January 2021, the people of Indonesia were shaken by the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the Majene & Mamuju regions in West Sulawesi.
A reported 84 people have been killed by the earthquake so far, with dozens reported missing and more than 19,000 people are now left homeless.
Whilst the island was still recovering from the deadly tsunami that took place in 2018, countless families are worried that they will not be returning home anytime soon.
Unfortunately, at the same time on the Asian continent, thousands of Rohingya refugee families from the camps in Cox’s Bazaar, that has had an influx of 700,000 refugees whom escaped genocide in Myanmar since 2017; are being relocated by ships to new settlements on the island of Bhashan Char to help improve their standards of living.
As a result of the isolation on the island, they are cut off from the main land and as a result are living off limited resources. Hence, that is why the government has asked for assistance from humanitarian organisations to aid the refugees living there.
Human Appeal Australia is coordinating with its field offices & partners in both locations to provide immediate aid and support to relieve the suffering of those families desperately in need.