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Jakarta Post

Evictees empower fellow kampung dwellers, build community space

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 20 2019   /  01:29 am

It has been years since residents of Bukit Duri in South Jakarta, lost their homes and became evictees. Under the Ciliwung Merdeka community, they continue to fight for their housing rights while encouraging other evictees grouped under the Kampung Sumur community in Klender, Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, to gain new skills and possibly additional income from cooperatives.Ciliwung Merdeka and Kampung Sumur residents have set up Sanggar Daya Kemanusiaan (Humanitarian Space), which not only serves as a community space, but also a woodcraft business entity called CV. Ikhtiar Jiwa as well as Warga Bersama Berdaya Cooperatives.Ciliwung Merdeka community head Sandyawan Sumardi said Ciliwung Merdeka used to have similar businesses prior to its eviction.“For 15 years we had this kind of space. We still miss how it feels to fight together,” Sandyawan said on Sunday.He said the main purpose of th...