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Jakarta Post

Six years on, Ahmadis still face uncertainties

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram   /   Mon, February 13 2012   /  09:51 am

Six years after having been evicted from their villages, Ahmadis still see any settlement to their problems far off on distant horizon.

The local administration has proposed plans for the Ahmadis relocation from their temporary shelter at Wisma Transito in Mataram, but they say they are pessimistic about the prospects.

There have been few significant changes thus far at the shelter, which comprises two main buildings, 20 by 6 square meters each.

Each is divided into rooms of 3 by 3 square meters, using only used clothes or banners. Each of the 33 families occupies one room.

“What has changed is the number of us, as many babies have been born here,” the group’s spokesperson Syahidin told The Jakarta Post.

People have been staying at the shelter since they were evicted in February 2006 from their village in Lingsar district, West Lombok regency, be...