The Extremities of Jakarta
Posted on March 24, 2012
Behind the skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle of the city, Jakarta is hiding an alternate reality.
However, in contrast to these advanced parts of Jakarta, there are many urban poor areas or “slums”, which are known as kampung in the Indonesian language. They are scattered around the city – under bridges or on highways, right next to railway tracks, beside sewage canals or small rivers. Some even live in the dumpster area of the city. The underprivileged population that resides in these settlements are living there illegally. This means government officials can evict them at any time, rendering them homeless until they find another place alike to live in. A quarter of the population of Jakarta resides in these poor urban areas and with the population growth rate of 3.6 per cent (according to Jakarta Globe, 2011) that fraction will increase.