Internally Displaced

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.

The unfinished house of Frederikus

Forgotten Promises: A former Refugee Still Struggling to Rebuild His Life

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

The area of Relocation at Waai. The Land of Hope

Dreams in The Land of Hope

 ”Why would they come here every day?” thought Usi Kos in the first days of JRS’s visits at the warehouse turned makeshift shelter at Vitas Barito. “I thought Ms. Ning and Mr Edi are teachers because they liked to gather … Continue reading


Giving All Despite Own Needs

Today over 15 million women are displaced and struggling to sustain their life and the life of their loved ones. Some of these women have been displaced for over a decade Continue reading


Displacement from East Timor: Has it Finished or Not?

“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


Peace Education & Peaceful Spirited Educator

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


The Spirit of Peace of Women in the Red Zone

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


I Don’t Mind The Risk of Dying, but I Want the Children to Still Go to School

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

Pak Mislan and Pak Loso, Barak Induk villagers giving some informations to Silvester, Information & Advocacy Offi cer of Durable Solution Project JRS


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