I Have Been Displaced since I Was Five Years OldMonday, December 16th, 2013 Displaced; that is the word that describes most of the 25 year journey of Musa’s life. He is one of the millions of descendants of Afghan ethnic minorities who seek asylum in other countries. Since the age of five, he was forced to live with fear and threats. His father, the school principal in his village, was forced to take him to Pakistan in order to save the family. At first they felt ok living in Pakistan, but this feeling did not last long. In 2004 ethnic and religious minorities living in Pakistan began to be targeted in murders and bomb attacks that continue to this day. As a teenager Musa faced many difficulties and threats. Being not even allowed to go to school or work, he decided to flee again in search for a safe place.
“I paid an agent in order to leave Pakistan. I had no other choice with the threat of being killed in sight. From Pakistan I went to Thailand, Malaysia and finally to Indonesia, where I met others that promised to take me to Australia. Unfortunately, Indonesian security officers arrested me on the way. Then I got detained in an immigration detention center” said Musa.
“I met with JRS in the detention center. They help refugees and organise many activities in here. Every time JRS comes, I feel calm because they often bring news and help us with a lot of things. I feel comfortable to share my grief and the difficulties experienced here. I am grateful JRS is here.” JRS organises soccer games, aerobics and yoga sessions in the detention center, but more often just comes to speak and listen to people held against their will here.
Recently Musa was granted refugee status by UNHCR after they found that Musa’s life will be in danger if he returns home. After 20 years of restlessness and fear Musa is finally able to apply for resettlement to Australia; his first real chance to leave behind threats to be uprooted over and over again, detained, jailed, injured or killed. This is a glimpse of hope for him, in what can be described as a hard life so far.
“Hopefully one day I can study again, work and be together with family. I long for a safe place where I can forget my worries about me and my family, a place where the law and courts listen to me.” ***
Citra Ayi Safitri
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“It’s not enough to give a sandwich if it isn’t accompanied by the possibility of learning to stand on one’s own two feet. Charity that does not change the situation of the poor isn’t enough. True mercy, which God gives and teaches us, calls for justice, for a way in which the poor can find a way out of poverty.” Continue reading
The Jesuit Refugee Service joined together with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and representatives of a number of faith-based organisations to call for greater protection for refugees.
The multilingual, 16-page declaration, known as an Affirmation of Welcome, is the first to involve UNHCR and a spectrum of faith-based organisations. Continue reading
In May 2013 JRS supported the SUAKA Diplomat briefing on the situation of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Indonesia. SUAKA and JRS participated in a Focus Group Discussion at the National Human Rights Commission discussing and promoting Indonesia’s ratification of the convention on the status of Refugees and its protocol. SUAKA continues to provide legal advice and accompaniment to Asylum Seekers during the RSD process mostly referrals from JRS. Currently a more comprehensive referral system is developed in a collaboration of JRS and SUAKA. Continue reading
It was Sunday evening of 9 September 2012. Twelve African men were walking toward a rather big shop in Cipayung. They were some asylum seekers from Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia. Their destination, a place on the third floor of that … Continue reading
Yogyakarta, 14 November 2011 – 31 years is not short measured on a lifetime. After a 31 year journey JRS is proud of the heritage of spiritual insights from Pedro Arrupe who arouse the concern of people for the refugees. This year, JRS Indonesia celebrated its 31st anniversary in many simple ways. Continue reading