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No food, no water: Asylum seekers stuck in limbo at Kalideres camp

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Jakarta   /   Sun, August 25, 2019   /  12:06 pm
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A Jakarta Social Affairs Agency official distributes bags of boxed meals to asylum seekers on Aug. 12 at a temporary shelter in Kalideres, West Jakarta.(JP/Nina Loasana)

Science has found that hunger can cause anger. This phenomenon may have been partly to blame for what happened on Thursday evening, when a group of refugees fought over food aid at a temporary camp set up at a former building that housed the West Jakarta district military command (Kodim) in Kalideres. Muhamad Nashim, a refugee from Afghanistan, was left needing 10 stitches after he was hit on the head with a metal pole by fellow refugees at the camp. The source of the violence was the packets of wafers the refugees had found in the on-site warehouse. “We were hungry. Yesterday [Thursday], we had to share one boxed lunch with four other people. When the officials distributed the wafers, the Sudanese grabbed more than their share, which made a lot of Afghans angry,” Nashim told The Jakarta Post ...