Sumary of Struggling for work and food, Indonesia’s poorest suffer as Covid crisis deepens:
- His mother would cook goat meat satay for their lunch and Riki would sit next to his three younger siblings in the middle of their 3x3m house in North Jakarta.
- But the emergency restrictions have made everything more difficult.
- Emergency restrictions have made work difficult for the city’s poor.
- Photograph: Muhammad Zaenuddin/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock“My brother and I usually work as porters at the electronic stores near here.
- This week, president Joko Widodo announced emergency restrictions would be extended until 25 July due to the ongoing surge in Covid-19 transmissions.
- If we don’t do that, then our family members who are still healthy will get sick from starving,” Eni Rochayati, the coordinator of the Jakarta Urban Poor Network, said.
- The government uses myriad terms – period of public activity restrictions and full large-scale social restrictions – to avoid using the word “lockdown”, Jakarta Legal Aid director Asfinawati said.
- On social media videos and pictures of officers forcing food sellers to close down their stalls have gone viral for the past few weeks.