In a first-ever partnership for World Refugee Day, Indonesia’s Directorate General of Immigration joined the CWS PURE team and the UNHCR to co-host a two-day celebration for refugees and asylum seekers in Jakarta.
Activities were as diverse as a discussion of a Presidential Regulation that reaffirms the Indonesian government’s commitment to protect asylum seekers and refugees and performances by children from CWS-supported group homes for unaccompanied and separated children. Adult refugees also showcased their talents with dancing from Somali and Ethiopia and Dambura music from Afghanistan’s Hazara culture.
Guests visited CWS, UNHCR and Indonesian Immigration Department hosted booths to view children’s art and crafts, including traditional Afghan dresses, sketches and drawings, and photos that children took and printed on their own. The booth hosted by UASC girls offering free henna painting was no doubt the most popular of all, and the event itself was a great celebration of diversity and harmony alike, in the face of great challenges, for the families and young people with whom CWS works in Jakarta.
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