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From the cradle to the grave, life (and death) never easy for the poor people of Jakarta

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 21 2009   /  01:05 pm

Huddled together: Five family members share a grave at Karet Bivak Cemetery in Central Jakarta. JP/Kili Pringgodigdo In a country where the state lets its citizens fend for themselves, life for the poor is hard.
Death is not easy as well, especially when one does not have family of friends.
Renting a hearse alone can cost one up to Rp 600,000. The service can cost at least Rp 2.5 million, not including the plot at a cemetery.
Oyon, supervisor of the morgue at Cipto Mangunkusumo hos-
pital in Central Jakarta said the morgue received 60  to 70 corpses
a month.
“Sometimes we receive unidentified bodies. We will wait for three days until we hear from their family before burying them,” Oyon said.
He said they often used the cemetery at Kampung Kandang in South Jakarta.
Nurul and Ica, both fourth-year medical students of t...