MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, BERLIN – Indonesia has emerged as a transit country for asylum seekers and international refugees escaping conflicts in regions like Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Myanmar, particularly the Rohingya refugees. The uncertain status of these individuals while in Indonesia has resulted in a troubling situation that many refugee children are born stateless.
Muhammadiyah, a prominent Indonesian organization, has turned its attention to the plight of these asylum seekers. Apart from providing education and humanitarian aid, Muhammadiyah is also advocating the issue on the international level.
During a dialogue forum in Berlin, Germany, General Secretary of Muhammadiyah Abdul Mu’ti called upon the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to take proactive measures in resolving this issue.
“This is a significant concern that must be actively addressed both at the national and UNHCR levels as the responsible institution,” said Mu’ti.
Muhammadiyah is committed to monitoring the well-being of these refugees, along with that of the homeless and orphaned children within Indonesia. This reflects Muhammadiyah dedication to fulfilling their Islamic responsibilities.
Mu’ti noted that both homeless individuals and the aforementioned refugees fall into the category of “Ibnu Sabil,” deserving assistance through zakat, infaq, and charity funds.
“This is a complex issue which has intricate connections to conflicts and other contributing factors. Nevertheless, we can go hand in hand to tackle it,” said Mu’ti.
Besides, Mu’ti stressed the importance of four key parties—adults, society, government, and parents—taking serious measures to secure an ideal quality of life for children. The influence of technology, including gadgets, requires careful consideration to prevent children from becoming isolated from societal interactions.
Children, as the future generation, must be supported by these four entities to lift their potential and talents. This includes instilling values such as responsibility, respect for others’ rights, and an appreciation for diverse cultural and religious backgrounds within society.
Last, on behalf of Muhammadiyah, Mu’ti expressed heartfelt appreciation for the ongoing collaboration with Sant’Egidio, an international community. He hoped this partnership, particularly in the realms of education and social services, would continue to flourish in the future.
“Muhammadiyah has already joined hands with Sant’Egidio to assist Rohingya refugees and promote education in Indonesia. We thank Sant’Egidio for this meaningful collaboration in nurturing our children as the future generation and the inheritors of our world,” said Mu’ti.