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Jakarta Post

Banished from hometowns, Shiites yet to find refuge

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Sidoarjo, East Java   /   Wed, March 22 2017   /  12:50 am

Five years on, Shia Muslims who were banished from their hometowns in Sampang regency, Madura Island, have yet to find a place to call home.

As the authorities have continued to move them from one place to another, children from the community have been unable to attend school.

Juwairiyah, Ririn and Misriyah could only accept their fate of being unable to continue their studies at junior high school. They instead attend a makeshift school at the Jemundo apartment block in Sidoarjo regency, East Java, where they are currently staying.

They usually spend two hours a day at the school.

The parents of the 12-year-olds are from the Shia Muslim community of Sampang, also in East Java, who were evicted from their villages in August 2012 following an attack by an anti-Shia group that forced them to flee.

They live in hardship with no fixed jobs. The men in ...