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Jakarta Post

In the absence of papers, exile

  • Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 13 2018   /  02:26 am

Camaraderie: Arminah, a resident of Teluk Gong in North Jakarta who collects and sells used plastic bottles for a living, meets a fellow scavenger during her working hours. (JP/Rizki Fachriansyah Aziz)“It’s hard to believe
That there’s nobody out there
It’s hard to believe
That I’m all alone
At least I have her love
The city she loves me
Lonely as I am
Together we cry”
—Red Hot Chili Peppers, Under the Bridge
Everything shakes.
Doors, walls, and everything else made from thin plies of wood in the vicinity, suddenly vibrate in unison. Minor quakes are everyday occurrence for residents of Teluk Gong — a povetty stricken community that huddles under a bridge that connects North Jakarta to the neighboring airport complex in Cengkareng.Instead of rising from the earth as the typical quake would, these tremors are generated by the to and fro...