Sutikno Djiyanto is the caretaker of a mansion in Surabaya, Indonesia, that once sheltered ethnic Chinese people from war and violent rebellion, and is now a melting pot of the country’s different races where families live virtually rent-free among rats and cockroaches. Photo: Witness News/Lukman Abdul Rozaq Sutikno Djiyanto is the caretaker of a mansion in Surabaya, Indonesia, that once sheltered ethnic Chinese people from war and violent rebellion, and is now a melting pot of the country’s different races where families live virtually rent-free among rats and cockroaches. Photo: Witness News/Lukman Abdul Rozaq
Sutikno Djiyanto is the caretaker of a mansion in Surabaya, Indonesia, that once sheltered ethnic Chinese people from war and violent rebellion, and is now a melting pot of the country’s different races where families live virtually rent-free among rats and cockroaches. Photo: Witness News/Lukman Abdul Rozaq
Indonesia

‘Haunted’ mansion where a city’s poor live rent-free, and its benevolent Chinese-Indonesian guardian who calls them his siblings

  • The mansion in Surabaya, Indonesia sheltered ethnic Chinese refugees in the 1940s. Now it’s home to a racial mix of families
  • For some the decrepit and rat-infested building is a staging post to ‘a more decent life’ outside. To its ageing caretaker, looking after them is a moral duty

Topic |   Indonesia
Sutikno Djiyanto is the caretaker of a mansion in Surabaya, Indonesia, that once sheltered ethnic Chinese people from war and violent rebellion, and is now a melting pot of the country’s different races where families live virtually rent-free among rats and cockroaches. Photo: Witness News/Lukman Abdul Rozaq Sutikno Djiyanto is the caretaker of a mansion in Surabaya, Indonesia, that once sheltered ethnic Chinese people from war and violent rebellion, and is now a melting pot of the country’s different races where families live virtually rent-free among rats and cockroaches. Photo: Witness News/Lukman Abdul Rozaq
Sutikno Djiyanto is the caretaker of a mansion in Surabaya, Indonesia, that once sheltered ethnic Chinese people from war and violent rebellion, and is now a melting pot of the country’s different races where families live virtually rent-free among rats and cockroaches. Photo: Witness News/Lukman Abdul Rozaq
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