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World Refugee Day 2007 National Activities: Indonesia

World Refugee Day, 20 June 2007

On 13 June, about 60 refugees participated in a series of outdoor activities with an adventure theme in Puncak Bogor.

On 20 June, World Refugee Day was celebrated at the State Islamic University in Jakarta. In a Cultural Expo, refugees presented their cultural heritage. Iraqis prepared their traditional food and drink, Afghans wore traditional clothes and Sri Lankans danced and performed a short play. The movie, "To be A Refugee," was screened.

In the afternoon, a workshop was held with the theme: "Indonesian Values in Protecting Refugees in The Neighbourhood." Two refugees from Eritrea and Sri Lanka talked about their escape from persecution and journey to Indonesia.

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One Year On: Rebuilding Aceh

In the aftermath of the devastating 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, UNHCR mounted a massive relief operation for some 100,000 survivors on the severely battered west coast of Indonesia's Aceh province.

After the initial three-month emergency relief phase was over, UNHCR withdrew from Aceh. However, in June 2005, after the Indonesian government had assessed the needs for the reconstruction and rehabilitation phase, UNHCR returned to assist in rebuilding the west coast communities. All the survivors' main infrastructural needs – such as schools, community centres, places of worship and family homes – have been included in the holistic reconstruction effort, and efforts have been made to ensure they are all designed to suit the Acehnese way of life. Rebuilding is already underway in the villages of Kreung Sabee and in Calang.

UNHCR has also been helping the recovery effort on Nias Island, off the coast of Sumatra, which was struck by an 8.7 magnitude earthquake on 28 March.

One Year On: Rebuilding Aceh