A woman carries her child outside a tent in Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

From Slum to Slum: Evicted Railway Land Occupiers Move to Tents

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

JULY 21, 2020

Jakarta. Hundreds of people have been living in tents in Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta, since they were removed on Monday from their shelters occupying a land owned by railway operator Kereta Api Indonesia, or KAI.

They previously lived at slump shelters alongside a railroad near Kampung Bandan Station and were given eviction notice last Thursday for illegal occupation of the government property.

The eviction is also due to the city government’s plan to upgrade and expand the station, which will integrate the commuter train network with the yet-to-be-built Mass Rapid Transport network in North Jakarta. 

One of the campers, Rasmiyati, 59, said the railway company didn’t give enough time for her group to find new shelters, nor did it pay compensation to allow them to rent homes.

She said every person in the encampment was hit by financial hardship brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic that caused them a sudden loss of employment.

"Three to four families have to share a tent. We violate the government’s health protocol [on social distancing] because KAI didn’t listen to us," she said.

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A dog and broken bike stranded at Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta on Monday (20/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Illegal structures along railroad in Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta are destroyed after the occupiers are told to leave. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman stands outside her makeshift tent at Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta on Monday (20/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An elderly woman walks out of her tent in Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children are seen inside makeshift tent at Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta on Monday (20/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children play inside a tent in Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The evicted prayer room (mushola) at Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta on Monday (20/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A structure along railroad in Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta, is destroyed. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A mother accompanies her son as he studies online inside makeshift tent at Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta on Monday (20/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A mother accompanies her son as he studies online inside a makeshift tent at KamA mother helps her son follow the online class as her baby is sleeping next to them inside a tent in Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)pung Bandan, North Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two child play football near eviction area at Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta on Monday (20/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children play football near a slum shelter that has been reduced to rubble in Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An evicted houses at Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta on Monday (20/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Illegal structure occupying railway company land in Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta, is destroyed. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Quran left in a evicted house at Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta on Monday (20/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A broken Quran is left on the debris of a destroyed structure in Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Poster of Indonesias first president, Soekarno is still attaching on a wall at Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta on Monday (20/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A photograph of founding father President Soekarno is seen on a wall in Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

 

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