NOW! Jakarta and NOW! Bali are supporting a group of refugees who are trying to peacefully raise awareness of their and many others’ situations, here and around the world. This is their story.
Who are we?
We are a group of 5 asylum seekers and refugees. We are part of thousands of those who left their homeland due to political, social or religious persecutions. We are grateful that Indonesia allows us to stay temporarily in this beautiful country, although we are aware that being a refugee was and is a burden to Indonesia as a developing society. Today in Indonesia, we are safe from imprisonment, persecution and the violence we encountered in our home countries, but our lives are full of chaos, fear and restlessness as we are not entitled to some basic rights and protections such as identity and legal rights, the right of education for our children, health and social security, working and earning salaries as well as freedom of movement. Those rights will be only granted upon our resettlement in a third country where we can build new lives. But unfortunately, the long process and unclear resettlement waiting period adds to our stress. We are looking for a better life but don’t want to be a burden for Indonesia. We are ambassadors of peace, and therefore we are biking to freedom, delivering the voice of refugees and their message of love to Indonesia and to the world!
Our challenge is to bike from Jakarta to Bali in 14 days, starting on 10th December 2016 to celebrate World Human Rights Day. We will raise public awareness on the importance of refugee resettlement. We will show the real faces of refugees to Indonesian society.
Our slogan is: Refugee Resettlement is not a right, but it’s the right way to treat refugees.
How far will we go?
We are looking at a distance of approximately 1250 kilometres, and we have set a daily target of at least 100 kilometres.
The challenge will start on the 9th
of December 2016, one day before World Human Rights Day, and we hope arrive in Bali on Sunday, December 25th
, which happens to be Christmas!
Our starting point will be the UNHCR Representative office in Jakarta. Our journey will take us across West Java, Central Java and on to East Java, and then we will catch the Bali Straits ferry at Banyuwangi Ketapang to cross over to Gilimanuk. From there, we will follow the road to the south and finally make our way into Denpasar, Bali. The route will not change although the daily distances en route may vary, mostly according to accommodation at night, as we want to avoid sleeping in insecure areas.
Our aim is quite simple: to raise as much money as possible for UNHCR in support of refugees by attempting something not many have done before. Our cross-country trip will be partially self-funded, supported by churches and local organizations as well as NGOs. Every rupiah raised will go directly to where it is needed - to UNHCR.
Please make your donations directly to UNHCR Indonesia:
Acc No. : 30601115209 - Standard Chartered Bank - Jakarta
To donate online, to find out more about other opportunities to support us, or for further information on the UNHCR, please visit https://voices.unhcr.org
Our plan is to carry a GPS to count the kilometers and allow for daily progress reports to be posted on social media. We will also bring a camera, so there should be plenty of photos of local man and women, nature, traffic and hopefully refugees who are residing in other cities of Java. We also have Indonesian civil society, SUAKA and LBH Jakarta, as our legal assistants during the ride.
Should you wish to hear more about the challenge and how you can support us, then please feel free to get in touch on WhatsApp 082112901331 or write an email to [email protected]