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
BY :YUDHA BASKORO
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.