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Jakarta’s islanders face ebb and flow living away from mainland

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, November 25, 2019   /  11:35 am
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Residents enjoy a peaceful Saturday on Sabira Island to the north of mainland Jakarta on Nov. 9. Living far from the capital's center is a challenge, but the islanders have found ways to deal with the difficulties of everyday life.(JP/Budi Sutrisno)

 While the sun was slowly sinking into the sea one Saturday afternoon, 47-year-old Samsul Bahri was brooding on his old self-assembled fishing boat, trying to get a sign from nature of the right time to sail out again. Samsul, one of hundreds of inhabitants of Sabira Island in the regency of Thousand Islands, has not been going out to see to catch fish for eight days over fear of bad weather. “In the past week, there have been big waves, so we were not able to do many activities far away,” he told The Jakarta Post recently, adding that many fishermen relied on the sale of salted fish processed in modest quantities by their wives at home to meet daily needs. Living on the farthest island in the Jakarta Sea away from the government’s reach, nearly 200 families on Sabira have to survive on their own with very limited me...