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Published in the Jakarta Post on 12 December 2020. A picture of Chicken Biryani cooked and sold online by a refugee mother living in Pekanbaru that I shared on my social media to attract more customers has sparked an argument with a colleague working at an immigration detention center, the government agency charged with control... Continue Reading →

Published in the Jakarta Post on September 24th, 2019. The recent news of refugees’ protests held outside the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Jakarta as well as in other cities such as Makassar, South Sulawesi, Tanjung Pinang and Pekanbaru in Riau, inevitably brings back memories when as an immigration... Continue Reading →

Published in the Jakarta Globe on July 23rd, 2019. Indonesia has had a long history of experience with transiting refugees for nearly forty-five years. However, it is still unable to deal with the refugee and asylum seeker problem properly. In the past, from 1975 to 1995, Indonesia hosted over 120,000 refugees escaping political unrest in... Continue Reading →

Published in The Jakarta Post on 31 October 2019 Recently a 37-year-old Afghan Hazara who had been living at the Sekupang Immigration Detention Center in Batam since 2016 hanged himself. This was not his first suicide attempt.  Last year he tried to end his life by drinking laundry bleach but was discovered and rescued by... Continue Reading →

Saya berjalan menuju halte setelah selesai berbelanja di pasar Central Market. Seketika saya teringat, ada lagi yang harus saya beli. Saya kemudian terus melangkahkan kaki ke sebuah toko swalayan yang menjual barang-barang kebutuhan pokok Asia. Letaknya tak jauh dari halte. Sudah 9 bulan lamanya saya tinggal di Adelaide. Sejak itu saya selalu ke toko ini... Continue Reading →

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