Kelud Emergency ResponseFriday, March 21st, 2014 Thursday, February 13, 2014 , at around 22:50 pm , Volcano Kelud which lies on the border of Blitar Kediri – East Java , erupted. The impact of the eruption reached as far as Central Java and Yogyakarta some 200 km away, where thick clouds of ash fell down on cities and villages, including Surabaya , Solo, Yogyakarta , Semarang , and resulted in the closure of airports in the region around 3-5 days . In Yogyakarta , the Governor issued a decree on the state of emergency , in force for 7 days.
Together with the Community of United Volunteers Yogjakarta, JRS Indonesia took part in the emergency response in Kelud. The Community of United Volunteers Yogjakarta, comprised of a diverse group of individuals and students from Yogyakarta, work together in humanitarian disaster response, being present and providing support in the form of accompaniment, counseling activities or delivering urgently needed goods. JRS Indonesia provided funds to support the operational and expenditure of urgently need goods, also presence in the field for two days, on February 26-27, 2014. One concern of this community is to provide entertainment for children via games and activities aiming to help in dealing with trauma, grief and fear after the eruption.
“Kelud…..my best friend ……. Kelud… my best friend … “
Similarly chant slogans were made by Mr. Tejo the Clown, when inviting primary school children Kebonrejo I , District Kepung , Kediri to play along. Each slogan from Pak Tejon “Kelud” was answered by the children holding up their thumb “ my best friends”. The atmosphere was fun and around 120 children participated enthusiastically. Starting with a magic show, singing of songs and games children were invited to forget traumatic experiences for 1.5 hours. At the end toys and candy were distributed to the children.
Kebonrejo Village, District Kepung, Kediri, with a population of around 3000 residents lies within a radius of about 5 km of Volcano Kelud. By the time we entered the village, residents of this village had already returned to their houses from emergency shelters. Some people working to clean the houses were assisted by volunteers and soldiers. Houses here are open and often only covered with a tarp so that the fine ash could penetrate all corners of people’s living space. Particularly the damage in the agricultural sector was quite severe. This month is the month of the harvest but vegetables went bad after being covered by a thick layer of ash. The information we received in this village suggested that assistance in food, logistics, hygienic kits are adequate and sufficient. Assistance in the form of tiles and wooden houses, are also being brought by the truck while we were driving back to the post Yogja Volunteers United in the village of Gadungan , subdistrict Puncu, Kediri district, the village is about 15 km from the village of Kebonrejo.
If we, as a human family, insist on only ever seeing refugees as a burden, we deprive ourselves of the opportunities for solidarity that are also always opportunities for mutual learning, mutual enrichment, and mutual growth. Continue reading
Yogyakarta, 20 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service observes with deep sadness yet another sudden retroactive change in the policy of Australia towards people seeking international protection in Southeast Asia. Yesterday, the government of Australia announced its decision to … Continue reading
Together with the Community of United Volunteers Yogjakarta, JRS Indonesia took part in the emergency response in Kelud. The Community of United Volunteers Yogjakarta, comprised of a diverse group of individuals and students from Yogyakarta, work together in humanitarian disaster response, being present and providing support in the form of accompaniment, counseling activities or delivering urgently needed goods. JRS Indonesia provided funds to support the operational and expenditure of urgently need goods, also presence in the field for two days, on February 26-27, 2014. Continue reading
Celebrating 33 years of being with and serving refugees, JRS would like to encourage you to extend your hospitality and support to our brothers and sisters that are here to seek protection. Continue reading
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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
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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
It was the 20st of June, World Refugee Day, and JRS had invited to come to Sanata Dharma University Yogyakarta. About 50 people including lecturers, representatives of civil society and students from Indonesia, Thailand and Burma/Myanmar had gathered here to watch the film describing the experiences and challenges faced by refugees in their home country and in the country of asylum (Malaysia). “Personally I appreciate everyone that helps them (refugees) and accepts them in their country … these people fleeing and their voices touched everyone of us” states Lorence a student from Myanmar/Burma at Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta still touched by the stories shared through the film. Continue reading