JAKARTA - In Indonesia, 12 Afghans weakened by a hunger strike have been hospitalised in Cibinong, near the capital, Jakarta. They are receiving intravenous treatment and none are in a critical condition. The Afghans were stranded in Indonesia more than two years ago after they were intercepted on their way to Australia.
They started their latest protest after receiving a final refusal from the United Nation's migration agency to relocate them to a third country. The International Organisation for Migration says the 12 hospitalised protestors include nine hunger strikers who sewed their lips shut on Tuesday. Another 27 Afghans are also taking part in the hunger strike.
The UN agency is paying the hunger strikers' hospital bills and says it has an ambulance, social workers and medical teams on standby for the other protestors.