May 19, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

Marginalised Groups

No positive news

People living with HIV face corruption and incompetence in the health system

Staying clean

Drug rehabilitation in Indonesia

Marginal and tattooed

A group of Jakarta punks challenges the criminal stigma attached to tattoos

Prison cum hostel?

A political economy of drugs thrives inside one of Indonesia’s most notorious prisons

Ten years of hoping and waiting

A photo essay about families of the disappeared

Voices from the muddy void

Living with the Lapindo disaster

Deals and denial

Who is really responsible for Indonesia's drug epidemic?

Postcards from a wasteland

Despite being a scene of destruction and heartache, there is a strange beauty in the new landscape created in the wake of the Sidoarjo mud disaster.

Un-natural disaster

An unstoppable flow of mud from an explosion in a gas well in Sidoarjo, East Java, has unleashed a plethora of political issues.

Gay identities

Modern gay men in Indonesia learn to live alongside traditional concepts of homosexuality. DEDE OETOMO explains.

Big projects, little people

After 20 years, LEA JELLINEK returns to Jakarta's kampungs only to find many demolished for condominiums. The mood of their constantly evicted residents oscillates between resignation and resistance.

Art for a better world

TOM PLUMMER speaks with Moelyono, an artist engaged with farmers threatened by a large dam.

Travels in West Timor

SIMON ANDREWARTHA discovers a quiet invasion by outsiders, even in the remotest villages.

Defining waria

Indonesia’s transgendered community is raising its profile.

No money, no worry

Islamic civil society in Indonesia has a great role to play in community development

The price of peace

Reintegration funds have caused problems as well as solving them.

Youth heroin use

How effective is the war on drugs?

Tortured legacy

Legal reform must overcome a history of authoritarian development

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