July 13, 2020, 10.36 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – A number of refugees in Indonesia held a protest in front of the UNHCR’s Jakarta office demanding food aid from the United Nations body.

UNHCR or the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has a branch office in Central Jakarta.

The refugees demanding food and water supplies were from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq.

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One of the refugees, Hasan, said that this protest action they want to hold the UNHCR accountable for their unfulfilled promises.

Hasan said that the UNHCR previously promised to pay attention to the conditions of refugees in Indonesia, who live in a former military building in Kalideres, West Jakarta.

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However, the UNHCR reneged on its promises as the refugees have not received food or water supply aid from the UN’s refugee body, said Hasan. In fact, the refugees in Indonesia have to rely on the generosity of the country’s citizens, he added.

“One year in Kalideres, but the UNHCR continues to lie and promise to visit Kalideres yet they never come. Then there’s the Covid-19 virus and still, they do not visit there. There’s no water, food, or any lighting,” said Hasan.

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