Refugees in Pekanbaru in Riau sewed their lips shut in protest at their lack of resettlement status. Photo: Handout
Refugees in Pekanbaru in Riau sewed their lips shut in protest at their lack of resettlement status. Photo: Handout

Afghan refugees in ‘limbo’ in Indonesia sew their mouths shut in protest

  • Demonstrations, including one in which a man set himself on fire, have taken place across the country as refugees despair at waiting years for resettlement
  • There are some 13,000 refugees in Indonesia, but as permanent settlement is forbidden they must wait for a third country, such as the US, to take them in

Refugees in Pekanbaru in Riau sewed their lips shut in protest at their lack of resettlement status. Photo: Handout
Refugees in Pekanbaru in Riau sewed their lips shut in protest at their lack of resettlement status. Photo: Handout
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