Sampang Crisis

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A Universal Justice Network team is visiting Indonesia  starting 5 January 2013 to discuss unity and progress.  The trip comes in the wake of sectarian violence that has seen villagers killed in internecine Muslim violence.  Details and action points for campaigners can be found here.

The UJN team includes Massoud Shadjareh and Farah Mirza-Bukhari from IHRC, Mohideen Abdel Kader from Citizens International and Imam Muhammad Al-Asi the elected Imam of the Islamic Center, Washington D.C., USA, as well as local UJN partner organisations.

On January 5, the team delivered aid (from donors in the UK)  to 42 families taking shelter in a disused sports complex after they fled their homes. They also interviewed the displaced villagers who told them that they forgave their attackers for everything that had happened to them, and that they just wanted to go back home and be united again.  Photos of the visit to the centre can be viewed below.

The team went on to meet local leaders to foster conflict resolution discussions.

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