Stranded Refugees Observe Ramadan in Protest Against UNHCR

A refugees sits outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Stranded Refugees Observe Ramadan in Protest Against UNHCR

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

APRIL 28, 2021

Jakarta. A group of refugees and asylum seekers has been back to live in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offices in Central Jakarta for about a month now and had to observe Ramadan on the sidewalks in a protest against the international agency. 

The protesters claimed that the Indonesian government and the UNHCR have no longer provided shelters and food, while the Covid-19 pandemic also worsened things. They demand resettlement in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or the United States.

The process may take months or even years. Some of them have stayed in Indonesia for 5 to 9 years without any elucidation from UNHCR.

The refugees fled from conflict-stricken countries such as Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

They came to this area in March. Previously, some stayed at temporary shelters for refugees and asylum seekers in Kalideres, West Jakarta, Bogor, West Java, and Serpong, South Tangerang.

The refugees have resorted to sleeping in a small tent while using tree branches and barbed wire to hang their personal belongings such as bags, pants, and clothes. They also prepared mosquito coils to protect children and babies from mosquito bites during the night. Every Muslim refugee continues to fast even though they have to eat suhoor and break their fast. 

A refugees lays on the bush outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A refugee lays on the bush outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan stranded on a sidewalk outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan were stranded on a sidewalk outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offices in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child runs in front of police barbed wire outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child runs in front of police barbed wire outside the United Nations High Commissioner’s offices (UNHCR) in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Refugees wear vest as a state protest to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Refugees wear vests to state protest to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A refugees carries his daughter outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A refugee carries his daughter outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Refugees and asylum seekers stay in a makeshift tent outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Refugees and asylum seekers stay in a makeshift tent outside the United Nations High Commissioner’s offices (UNHCR) in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A mother cleans her son face before sleep outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A mother cleans her son’s face before sleep outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A refugees from Sri Lanka sleep outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Refugees from Sri Lanka sleep outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A refugees camp during the night outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A refugees camp during the night outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Central Jakarta on April 27, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

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1 reply

  1. sorry, I do not quite agree: why should Canada, Australia, USA accept all refugees? Why cannot Indonesia offer full integration? Work permits, access to education and all that.

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