An 85-year-old Bengkulu resident, Karsimin, was found wandering around Jakarta after he left his house in Bengkulu due to a quarrel with his family. His family said they opposed to his plan to remarry.
After several days wandering the city, Karsimin was found by officers from the Jakarta Social Agency and was brought to social house Bina Insan Bangun Daya 2 in Cipinang, East Jakarta.
“Luckily, Karsimin had his ID with him. We spread the word through social media and we finally could notify his family about Karsimin’s whereabouts,” said the shelter's head, Syaiman, as quoted by kompas.com recently.
Karsimin’s family in Bengkulu then called the social shelter to take him back home, although according to Syaiman his family was actually happy Karsimin had left home.
Syaiman said Karsimin had been having memory problems.
With Rp 400,000 (US$29) cash in hand, Karsimin purchased a bus ticket to Jakarta. He had neither a place to go nor someone to meet him in the city. (vla/evi)