How does a community learn to live together after years of fighting each other in the most violent way possible? The remote Indonesian province of Poso is recovering from a decade-long religious conflict and in the face of hatred a brave group of women are leading the charge for peace and sovereignty.
When Mozhgan and her family fled Iran they nearly drowned trying to get to Australia by boat. Now they’re stuck in Indonesia, living with no rights, and little hope of getting out. Mozhgan is a tiny ball of fiery determination. Her friend Jafar is charming and playful. The pair met in Indonesia, and after five years, they have a close friendship that’s born out of shared experiences and tough times. UNHCR has established that they’re both genuine refugees but they’re still just hanging on to life by a thread, with little hope of ever finding a home again.
Together they established The Refugee and Asylum Seeker Information Centre (RAIC), a volunteer refugee-led initiative to support asylum seekers who are struggling with the basics. There are almost 14 000 asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia and UNHCR is now informing them that they will probably never be resettled. So how do refugees and asylum seekers live in Indonesia, without rights or hopes for the future?
It’s hard to miss the crises that have unfolded on Nauru and Manus Island. We hear much less about the almost 14 000 refugees and asylum seekers who are stuck in Indonesia. For nearly two decades Australia has provided funding to maintain a system of overcrowded immigration detention, although it hasn’t made headlines here. Now, with just as little fanfare as they were locked up, refugees are being released. Although it’s not welcome news to all. This segment investigates the impacts of Australia’s border protection regime in Indonesia.
Ernabella Arts is a hub of creativity, where Indigenous artists paint dreaming stories — tales of ancestral spirits and how the world came to be. We travel to the remote community to find out how far Australia’s oldest Aboriginal arts center has come over the last 70 years.
Since 2006, Indonesian singer Kartika Jahja and her band, Tika and the Dissidents, have been drawing attention to issues often side-lined in Indonesia – from workers’ rights to sexual diversity and womens’s bodies. She’s become one of her country’s most influential women and she’s using it to push against a growing tide of conservativism.
Indonesians are reluctant to talk about the failed coup that led to a brutal campaign of military violence in 1965 and 1966. Hundreds of thousands of people were massacred and many more were jailed, exiled or persecuted. But elderly women from Jakarta are now breaking the silence with song. Nicole Curby went to meet them.
In Indonesia, a group of farmers has caught the attention of the nation by cementing their feet in concrete and sitting outside the Presidential Palace. They are demanding a meeting with their leader to stop a cement factory from destroying their farming land and polluting their water. One of the protesters even died, bound by cement, fighting for the cause.