Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta Islamic Center (JIC) Grand Mosque in North Jakarta has readied two rooms to accommodate hundreds of asylum seekers from various countries currently camping along Jalan Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta.

Head of the Jakarta Islamic Study and Development Center Secretariat Ahmad Juhandi remarked that his office had prepared rooms, each measuring 340 square meters and 130 square meters.

"We offer a large room separate for men and women and children. Later, a carpet will be provided in the room and 50 mats from the North Jakarta Sudinsos," Juhandi remarked at the JIC Grand Mosque in North Jakarta on Wednesday.

Juhandi affirmed that the data he had received from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) were the latest.

The location provided by the JIC manager also has separate bathrooms for men and women though the number is limited.

"However, in case of an emergency, they can go directly to the mosque where there are showers and toilets," he remarked.

The JIC has also prepared clotheslines and some shelves to store clothing.

Juhandi noted that the room can accommodate 229 refugees scheduled to arrive at JIC today.

He confirmed that of the 229 people, 52 were from Sudan comprising 16 families and 19 single men; 148 people from Afghanistan, with 25 families and 16 single men; 27 people from Somalia, with four families and seven single men, and two people from Pakistan, with two single men.

Speaker of Jakarta's legislative body (DPRD) Prasetio Edi Marsudi had earlier noted after reviewing the location of the refugees occupied by 229 people that the asylum seekers will be moved temporarily to North Jakarta.

"We, as the local government, see humans using tents, especially in the area where the offices are not good. Hence, the plan for tomorrow is that we will move them to the Jakarta Islamic Center," Marsudi noted.

The decision was taken after the DKI Jakarta DPRD held discussions with the United Nations Refugee Body (UNHCR), refugees, and executives from DKI Jakarta.

Translator: Landa Sjofjan/Eliswan Azly
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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