A refugee carries a placard during protest in front of UNHCR building in Central Jakarta on November 15, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

We Have Waited Long Enough: Afghan Refugees Demand Resettlement

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

NOVEMBER 18, 2021

Refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan rallied in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) building in Central Jakarta last week.

Women and children gathered by the alley at Jalan Kebon Sirih II before marching to the UNHCR building. Indonesian Police personnel —equipped with anti-riot vehicles— along with the municipal police had already stood guard around the UNHCR building since 9 a.m.

The rioters called for justice as they walked towards the building carrying posters with their demands for the Indonesian government and the UNHCR representative. They demanded a dialogue regarding their resettlement with the UNHCR spokesperson. 

The refugees admitted that some of them have lived in Indonesia for a decade. But until now, they haven't gotten any explanation about their future.

Women and children rally protest alongside Jalan Kebon Sirih 2 during protest at UNCHR building in Central Jakarta on November 15, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Women and children go on protest along Jalan Kebon Sirih 2 at UNHCR building in Central Jakarta on November 15, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child shouts as she carries placard during protest in front of UNHCR building in Central Jakarta on November 15, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children also join the protest at UNHCR building in Central Jakarta on November 15, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Afghan woman speaks during protest demand resettlement in front of UNHCR building in Central Jakarta on November 15, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An Afghan woman shouts through a megaphone during a protest demanding for resettlement in front of the UNHCR building in Central Jakarta on November 15, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester carries a placard that reads 8 years is enough during protest in front UNHCR building in Central Jakarta on November 15, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester carries a placard that reads 8 years is enough during a protest in front UNHCR building in Central Jakarta on November 15, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester paints an Afghan flag in her forehead during protest in front UNHCR building in Central Jakarta on November 15, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester paints an Afghan flag on her forehead. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Woman and children refugees join the rally protest in front UNHCR building in Central Jakarta on November 15, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Women and children refugees stage a rally in front the UNHCR building. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Afghan refugees carries a placard that reads Afghan Lives Matter during protest in front UNHCR building in Central Jakarta on November 15, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Placards that read the "SOS: Refugees live matter" are seen during a protest in front of UNHCR building.(JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester sits in front of municipal police car during protest in front UNHCR building in Central Jakarta on November 15, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester sits in front of a municipal police car during the protest. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protester reads a text to shout some demand during protest in front UNHCR building in Central Jakarta on November 15, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester reads their demands out loud with a megaphone during the protest in front UNHCR building in Central Jakarta on November 15, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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