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Ahmadis’ overly long days at shelters

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 18 2018   /  02:21 am
Children’s voice: Barahim, a 9-year-old boy who lives with his parents at Wisma Transito in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara, holds up the letter he has written to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo appealing to him to allow displaced Ahmadi families to return to Ketapang village after living in the shelters for 12 years. (JP/Panca Nugraha)(JP/Panca Nugraha)

Children’s voice: Barahim, a 9-year-old boy who lives with his parents at Wisma Transito in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara, holds up the letter he has written to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo appealing to him to allow displaced Ahmadi families to return to Ketapang village after living in the shelters for 12 years. (JP/Panca Nugraha)Wisma Transito was designed as a transit center for local people who intended to resettle on other islands under the state-sponsored transmigration program during the days of the New Order regime (1966-1998). It was designed to accommodate 60 people who would take part in agricultural training for three weeks at the most.Back then, open sectarian conflicts were rare. Obviously, it never occurred to the builders that several decades on, it would turn into a shelter to house scores of people for many years. Now, the decrepit 1,000-square-meter property cons...