Refugees and asylum seekers walk past a poster that local residents put up to protest against their new shelter in a housing estate in West Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Local Residents Up in Arms About Jakarta's New Refugee Shelter


JULY 16, 2019

Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers who had been camping out in protest in front of the UN Refugee Agency's office in Central Jakarta have been relocated to a new temporary shelter in Kalideres, West Jakarta. 

The men, women and children from Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and Iran now occupy a disused military building in the Daan Mogot Baru residential complex.

However, local residents are up in arms about the refugees' presence. They have put up posters near the building to demand that Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan find another place to move the 1,155 refugees, some of whom are still waiting to get into the new shelter.  

Many of the refugees still sleep in their tiny tents outside the building since there is no space left to accommodate them. There is little access to clean water and sanitation facilities. Some older refugees are forced to sleep on dirty mats and there is not enough food or medical facilities for children and babies. 

Refugees receive lunch from the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in Kalideres, West Jakarta on Monday (15/07) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Getting boxed lunches from a food tent managed by the Social Affairs Ministry on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children who live in reloaction area drink water from plastic together because of limited drink water supply (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Refugee children share drinks from the same plastic pouch. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Refugee scollect clean water with bottles when receiving clean water supply from the Jakarta Environmental Service (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Collecting drinking water from a water truck. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
DKI Jakarta health officer checks the health condition of a child refugee at ex-military building in the Daan Mogot Baru residential complex on Monday (15/07) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A health officer examines a refugee child. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Refugees and asylum seekers are still sleep in their tiny tents outside the building due to space constraints (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Some of the refugees and asylum seekers still sleep in their tiny tents since there is not enough space inside the shelter. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Building is not suitable for living, many refugees are forced to sleep on mats in Kalideres, West Jakarta on Monday (15/07) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Inside, the refugees sleep on paper-thin mats. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Motorist passing by in front of placard that reads Boss... pengungsi imigran urusan pemerintah-UNHCR bukan urusan komplek perumahan with hashtag #tolakpengungsidiperumahan (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
"Hey boss... refugees and immigrants are for the government and the UNHCR to take care of, not us," says the poster. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Child refugee walk with his mother after take a shower on a daytime to save clean water supplies at relocation area in Kalideres, West Jakarta on Monday (15/07) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman takes her son to a shared bathroom for a much-needed shower. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Refugee from Sudan receives baby formula from the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
This woman from Sudan is feeding her baby with formula milk distributed by the Social Affairs Ministry. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Daan Mogot Baru residents demand the DKI Jakarta Governor Anis Baswedan to immediately relocate 1,155 refugees from the housing complex (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
"Dear Mr. Governor, this is a housing complex, not a shelter. There are many other places more appropriate [to house the refugees]," says another poster. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)