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Idul Fitri mass exodus, a rough patch for disabled

  • Indra Budiari

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, July 4 2016   /  08:22 am

Traveling is challenging for most people, and those with disabilities face even greater challenges during the mass exodus season.

For Priyo Siswoyo, the challenges begin well before starting the actual journey.

Wheelchair-bound since a work accident in 2003, it costs Priyo a fortune to rent a car to return to his hometown in Wonogiri, Central Java, as using public transportation is no longer an option for him.

Last time he spent Idul Fitri in his hometown was in 2009, when he spent Rp 2 million (US$152) to rent a car and made “modifications” to the car’s interior.

“I have to remove the chairs in the back seat and replace them with a small bed for me and my family,” he told The Jakarta Post recently. However, Priyo can no longer spend that much money to take part in the Idul Fitri mass exodus.

Wheelchair-bound for more than a decade, Priyo ha...