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Jakarta Post

Jokowi backs plan for total rehabilitation of Citarum River

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 30 2017   /  12:17 am

In August, 22-year-old Gary Bencheghib and his brother, 20-year-old Sam, hopped into canoes made of plastic bottles and bamboo, starting their expedition along the Citarum River in West Java.

The French brothers spent a total of two weeks cruising the 270-kilometer river — the longest in the province — to find shocking visual evidence of the polluted Citarum.

They found plenty of it in the form of plastic waste, dead animals, trash fires and waste from textile factories along the river. The journey was recorded into a video that was then uploaded to YouTube and gained notoriety in September.

One of the perennial problems relating to the river is a lack of support from the government. “The provincial administration has been doing a lot. But we need more help from the government,” Gary said in August.

Gary’s hopes appeared to be answered by the govern...