Jakarta Fishing Community Forgotten, It has been over two months since Indonesia first announced its first confirmed case of the coronavirus. While Covid-19 continues to find a new host it has also left a profound impact on Indonesia’s economy.
One of the fishing villages affected is in Kali Adem, North Jakarta. Their homes are built on the banks of Muara Angke, they have poor sanitation and no access to running water. If villagers in Kali Adem want clean water they have to buy it. If they want to bathe or go to the toilet, they have gone directly in the river, or use a public toilet, usually for a fee. Even under normal circumstances, they face the near-constant threats of flooding and forced eviction. Also, even stores like Galeri Mancing, which sell hooks, reels, poles, and even bait are having hard times.
The neighborhood chief even holds on to the assistance packages from the government, only distributing to villagers who pay their waste collection fees and building taxes. Ransom of course not allowed by the Indonesian government, but it is completely ignored.
The community is comprised of 167 families, and 567 individuals, in 18 neighborhood units (RT). Although they are distributed across several areas, they effectively live in one region: the banks of Muara Angke. The majority work as fishermen or women, but that has been shut down. Social assistance from the government has a lack of clear policy measures to support local communities like Kali Adem. The government has yet to provide any assistance that would support the ongoing livelihoods of the fishing community.
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Source: Jakarta News
Photos by Tengku Raka