Hasan reiterated that the refugees are not asking for much as they only want to gain the UNHCR’s attention in order to survive in Indonesia.
“The hope is for the UNHCR to deliver bread and water. All these times, there has been no food supply from the Indonesian government or the UNHCR. The food supply has only come from Indonesians,” said Hasan.
Demonstrations in 2019
In October 2019, a group of refugees in Indonesia also protested in front of the UNHCR’s Jakarta office for the same objective.
A protester, Wahid Ali, said that the UNHCR made promises to install electricity, water, and provide food, but had yet to meet their promises.
“Look at the children who cannot eat. If not, we will return to the UNHCR office again on Monday, threaten to kill ourselves because it has been over a month since we last received help,” said Wahid.
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Wahid emphasized that to fulfill their daily needs, refugees in Indonesia often had to rely on the public’s help for their food.
To have a proper shower, they needed to go to a mosque, terminal station, or minimarket.
Wahid asked the UNHCR to take a more serious approach on how they handle refugees considering that there were 509 refugees stationed in the former military building in Kalideres.
(Writer: Rindi Nuris Velarosdela, Bonfilio Mahendra Wahanaputra Ladjar | Editor: Sandro Gatra)
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