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Refugee teenager gets once-in-a lifetime experience as a volunteer in Asian Games 2018

It never crossed Jafar’s mind that he would have the opportunity to be part of one of the biggest international multi sports events in the world but it has happened. The Afghan teenager was selected to volunteer at the Asian Games this year by a special Asian Games committee. As a volunteer for the event, which continues through 2 September, he has met athletes from across Asia, including Afghan taekwondo legend Rohollah Nikpai.

Indonesian volunteers share arts and ways to protect the environment with refugees

“Look! I painted a turtle!” said Ahmad*, a 10-year-old refugee, while doing glass painting. Ahmad is one of dozens of refugee children who took part in arts and educational activities organized by non-governmental organization Kanaditya in Jakarta. The two-day event was held on 24 and 25 July in celebration of National Children’s Day.

UNHCR, EU and Indonesian communities work together to find solutions and opportunities for urban refugees

Through a short documentary, Liaqat and his family told their compelling story of refugees’ hopes and dreams. The documentary which was produced by UNHCR with funds generously contributed by the European Union (the European Commission’s Department for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection/ ECHO), highlights the challenges faced by urban refugees in Jakarta, Indonesia, as well as in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Bangkok, Thailand.

Refugees, local communities commemorate World Refugee Day in a show of solidarity and caring

It was 10.30 a.m. and the sun shone brightly over Jakarta. Dozens of Jakartans of all ages were sitting  in front of a traditional house of Betawi, the city’s native ethnic group, which is nestled in a densely populated area. They came together to commemorate  World Refugee Day (WRD), which falls on 20 June. Among the audience were members of local youth organization Child Forum and young refugees, who live near the kampong.

Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya

BIREUEN, Indonesia – For several days last month, the local fishermen of Aceh, Indonesia, threw offerings of rice and water buffalo bones into the sea, part of their yearly ritual called khanduri laot, during which they recite prayers thanking God for the bounty of the ocean and seeking safety from its dangers.

A Makassar public school welcomes refugee children

It was Monday morning when staff members of UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) arrived at SD Jongaya public elementary school, which is situated near a refugee accommodation in Makassar, South Sulawesi. On that day, four refugee children began their schooling for the first time since their arrival in Indonesia. They looked very excited as they passed through the school gate.

Indonesia’s Directorate General of Immigration joined with UNHCR, other partners and refugees to commemorate four decades of protecting refugees in Indonesia

It was only 7 am in Jakarta, but the area of The ICE Palace Concert Hall, which is situated in a mall in the capital, was already packed with dozens of refugee youth. They were rehearsing for their performances at a cultural event to commemorate World Refugee Day (WRD) 2017 later that day. Some Somalian refugees practiced their dancing routines on stage, while a number of Ethiopian refugees prepared their costumes backstage.