Life Inside Jakarta's Swelling Slums

Penjaringan, North Jakarta, Tuesday (10/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

By : Yudha Baskoro | on 3:58 PM July 12, 2018
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

As World Population Day was observed on Wednesday (11/07), the Jakarta Globe has visited Penjaringan, a northern neighborhood of the capital city, where its metropolitan lights and urban commotion almost never reach.

Dim lamps hardly illuminate the neighborhood's wet and narrow alleys that smell of decay. Children run through mud in between shanties, where even sunlight does not arrive.

Jakarta is running out of space. While luxury high-rises are plentiful, affordable housing is scarce, forcing many to live in slum areas with strained access to public resources like clean water, electricity and sewers. 

With the population of Greater Jakarta expected to grow from 25 million to 35 million in 2020, immediate solutions are desperately needed to resolve the housing crisis.

Penjaringan neighborhood in North Jakarta on Tuesday (10/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Penjaringan neighborhood in North Jakarta on Tuesday (10/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A boy runs through a narrow alley in the slum area. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A boy runs through a narrow alley in the slum area. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Sunlight hardly ever touches the cramped alleys of Penjaringan. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Sunlight hardly ever touches the cramped alleys of Penjaringan. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Clean water is scarce, clothes are washed in the river. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Clean water is scarce, clothes are washed in the river. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

There is no space for children to play. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) There is no space for children to play. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Access to public resources like electricity and sewers is strained. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Access to public resources like electricity and sewers is strained. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Toilets are usually shared by five or six families. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Toilets are usually shared by five or six families. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

The neighborhood becomes almost completely dark after sunset. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) The neighborhood becomes almost completely dark after sunset. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


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