Jakarta – The Jakarta Social Affairs Agency will soon stop logistical aid to refugees from the Middle East currently housed at the former building of the West Jakarta military command (Kodim) in Kalideres, West Jakarta, starting on Thursday.The agency's social safety unit head Tarmijo Damanik said that starting on Thursday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Indonesia would be responsible for providing aid for the refugees.
"Starting tomorrow, the refugees will be the responsibility of the UNHCR. They will provide the budget, but we will still distribute the aid," Tarmijo said on Wednesday, kompas.com reported.
He said that initially the UNHCR would only cover the meals for the refugees. "The UNHCR will only provide the refugees' meals first. Slowly at first," he said.
Previously, some of the refugees camped out in front of the UNHCR office on Jl. Kebon Sirih, Menteng, Central Jakarta before being relocated to the West Jakarta military command's former building. (ami)