A man releases two racing pigeons to the sky in Muria Dalam, South Jakarta, on Jan. 7, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Muria Dalam Residents Enjoy Final Moments before Expulsion

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

JANUARY 14, 2021

Jakarta. The remaining residents along Jalan Muria Dalam in South Jakarta have found a way to enjoy their final days there before leaving for a new home. The slum area they are living in has been entirely purchased by a property developer and they must leave by the end of this month. But that doesn’t stop them from their favorite afternoon activity: pigeon race.

They have built several pigeon cages between the two-meter-high walls set up by the new owner of the land. Before starting the race, some young people greeted senior residents. While training and feeding their birds, they shared stories about birds and recent social problems. Right after the afternoon prayer, the jockeys climbed the wall using wooden ladders to start the race. They worked together to lift cages and move birds one-by-one to start the communal tradition.

The countdown has started. It won't be long before Muria Dalam's evening sky will lose the sight of racing pigeons.

Kampung Muria Dalam remaining residents build pigeon cages in two-meter-high brick wall on Thursday (07/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A line of pigeon cages is seen along a narrow street in Kampung Muria Dalam, South Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A jockey holds a female pigeon during the race at Muria Dalam, South Jakarta on Thursday (07/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man holds a racing pigeon in Muria Dalam, South Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man trains his pigeon before race at Muria Dalam, South Jakarta on Thursday (07/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man trains his pigeons before the race in Muria Dalam, South Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jockey work together to lift cages and move birds one by one to start the communal tradition at Muria Dalam, South Jakarta on Thursday (07/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Through the barricades. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jockeys gather in a empty field at Muria Dalam, South Jakarta on Thursday (07/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The race is about to begin. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A jockey passes a bird to a pelingsir (a man who releases birds) during race at Muria Dalam, South Jakarta on Thursday (07/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A racing pigeon is passed on to the "jockey". (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A jockey feeds his piqeons before ketomprang at Muria Dalam, South Jakarta on Thursday (07/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Meal before the race. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Piqeons are seen inside a pelingsir cage during race at Muria Dalam, South Jakarta on Thursday (07/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Racing pigeons are kept inside a cage. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A jockey holds a female pigeon during ketomprang at Muria Dalam, South Jakarta on Thursday (07/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A pigeon racer holds a female pigeon that helps make sure the racing male will return after completing a lap. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A jockey sit in a ladder waiting for his turn during race at Muria Dalam, South Jakarta on Thursday (07/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man sits on a ladder waiting for his turn during pigeon race. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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