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Visually impaired students left homeless after being evicted from Bandung rehabilitation center dormitories

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

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Bandung, West Java   /   Wed, January 15, 2020   /  07:21 am
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Visually impaired students who were evicted from the dormitories of the Wyata Guna Social Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (BRSPDSN) in Bandung, West Java, gather on the sidewalk of Jl. Pajajaran.(kompas.com/Putra Prima Perdana)

Dozens of visually impaired students were forced to vacate their dormitory at the Wyata Guna Social Rehabilitation Center for the Blind  (BRSPDSN) in Bandung, West Java, on Tuesday evening in what the students described as a sudden eviction that left at least 30 of them practically homeless. They were forced to spend the night on a sidewalk in front of the rehabilitation center on Jl. Pajajaran, where they remained as of Wednesday with the help of volunteers and members of the public who helped them set up tarpaulin tents and provided them with food and blankets. Elda Fahmi, a 20-year-old student majoring in counseling at the Siliwangi Teachers’ Training Institute (IKIP) who was among the visually impaired students driven out of the dorm, claimed they were ousted because of a change of nomenclature for the place they had lived. What had previously been known as the Bi...