Somalia refugee women sit at the Mosque of al-Barokah in Jakarta for safety at night. Like many refugee women smuggled from their country to Indonesia after al-Shabaab militants raped them or murdered their family, they have fallen through the aid safety net and live on the street.
Photograph: Aaron Bunch/AAP
Rahma poses for a photograph in Jakarta. The 25-year-old narrowly escaped death when militants beheaded her father and burned her remaining family members alive in an attack on her family’s business, which had government employees as customers.
Somalian refugee Igra descends the stairs of a Jakarta boarding house. The former hotel owner fled her country in 2015 after militants threatened to cut off her hands for refusing to close down her business.
Refugee women cannot legally work or access social security in Indonesia. The women say their appeals for aid from the UNHCR and aid organisations have been turned down. They drift from one boarding house to the next where they beg other refugees for food.
Igra sits in a boarding house in Jakarta. If the women are fortunate, they will stay in a boarding house for a few days before the landlord moves them along to sleep rough or on the steps of a local mosque.
Homeless Somalia refugee Anisa sleeps on the verandah of a Jakarta boarding house. At night refugee women living on the street face the added danger of sexual violence. They say men regularly try to force them into sex or proposition them with offers of as little as a dollar.
Safiya sits with her eight-year-old daughter, Sabrine, in a friend’s room in Jakarta, The pair were smuggled to Indonesia following the beheading of Safiya’s government-employed husband by al-Shabaab in 2015.
Twenty-seven-year-old refugee Suad’s family was killed by a bomb in Mogadishu. She fled Somalia after she was abducted, raped and held captive by militants.
Somalia refugees sit in the street at night in Jakarta. The women say not only do they have difficulties accessing food, they also face nightly dangers from men looking for sex.
Refugee Igra sits at the Mosque of Al Barokah: ‘I don’t feel safe here at night,’ Igra says. ‘On the street I am vulnerable to anyone.’
Stahil and Safiya sit in a Jakarta street at night. There are 13,800 asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia. Two-thirds are dependent on aid or live in government-run immigration detention centres, according to the UNHCR.
Igra, a former hotel owner in Somalia, fled her home in 2015 after militants threatened to cut off her hands for refusing to close down her business.
Somalia refugees Norta and Khadro walk at night in a Jakarta street.
Many Somalia refugee women sleep around Jakarta’s already full immigration detention centre for months hoping for access, or queue for help at the UNHCR’s corporate office.