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No money, nowhere to go: Asylum seekers opt to remain in temporary shelter in West Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Sun, September 8, 2019   /  05:40 pm
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Officials record the data of remaining asylum seekers in a temporary shelter in Kalideres, West Jakarta, on Sept. 5. (Antara/Rivan Awal Lingga)

For refugee Qadratullah, residing in a temporary shelter in Kalideres, West Jakarta, for the last several weeks has been more challenging than ever, with no running water, electricity or food to help him through the day. But, he opts to remain in the former building of the West Jakarta Military District Command (Kodim) despite a request from the Jakarta administration  to vacant the shelter. Qadrat, who fled his home country of Afghanistan, said he preferred to stay at the shelter and had rejected the allowance provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He said the allowance was not enough to help him survive while he had no idea where he could go after the allowance ran out. “The UNHCR only offered us around Rp 1 million [US$ 71], it’s not enough. Where will we go after the money runs out? The UNHCR had said that we’re n...