Internally displaced persons are persons who have been forced to flee or to leave their homes in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights or natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognized State border.
Durable Solution for Prolonged IDPs in East Indonesia, Ambon, Maluku: since January 2012
Over a decade after violent conflict displaced hundreds of thousands in Indonesia, thousands of them have still not found back on their feet. Living in an old run down warehouse with no means to cover for their basic needs, IDPs in Camp Vitas Barito longing for a place to call home. JRS Indonesia team facilitates landownership for some of the displaced families.
Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Papua is a large and spacious island in the most eastern parts of Indonesia. The political situation in 1980 has colored life on this island with conflict and tension. Conflict and tension between the Indonesian military and a group of … Continue reading
Saturday, March 5th, 2011
“The local residents own land but we, the new residents, have no land. We are called new residents, citizens of the Republic of Indonesia, Indonesians. But under the current circumstances we are forced to the conclusion, we have to go back. The central government granted this land to the provincial government to be given to the new residents, former displaced people from East Timor, but the status of the land is unclear. Once, we went to the provincial authorities but we were just sent here and there. We are afraid one day we will be evicted. If we are forced to leave again then where can we go?” Continue reading
Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Even though there have not been any big scale horizontal conflicts recently, it is not possible to describe Indonesia as a conflict-free country. In the terms of peace building, the situation Indonesia could be described as ‘latent phase’, where conflicts may still erupt at any time when supported by triggering events in the community. Continue reading
Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
Baina laid her head on the back of her palms looking over the backrest of her chair. On purpose she sat down reverse on her chair. Her voice was soft when she was telling the fragments of her life between 2001-2004. The dark ages of conflict between Aceh Freedom Movement (GAM) and the Indonesian Army that broke out the land of Serambi Mekah (Veranda of Mecca). Continue reading
Friday, February 5th, 2010
Silolo State Primary School is the place where she, who has been serving as a teacher since 1982, teaches children in the suburban Pasie Raja Sub-district, South Aceh District. “Being a teacher was my dream since I was small. I didn’t know why, maybe just because I liked it,” she said, opening the talk that morning. Since her inauguration as a government employee in 1982, the teacher who is known for the discipline among her students has never left Silolo State Primary School. Part of her heart is anchored in the rice-producing village in Pasie Raja Sub-district. Continue reading
Saturday, June 20th, 2009
Mocok-mocok was the most common answer to the question on how people earned a living after being displaced from Aceh years ago. Mocok-mocok is one of the ways to cover the basic needs of a family such as like food, clothes, a house and basic health care. Other activities such as farming or trading are just minor jobs adding to a family’s income. What is the meaning of the word mocok-mocok that plays such a central role in the lives of formerly displaced people. Continue reading