As the world focuses its attention on Europe, a parallel refugee crisis plays out in slow motion in Indonesia. Boundless Plains is an ongoing project looking at the lives of those impacted by the immigration policies of successive Australian Government’s, most notably the Abbott government’s Stop The Boats policy, which some in Europe are starting to consider as the template for a solution to their issues.
Cisarua, a small mountain town two hours from Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, was once a temporary stopping point for many asylum seekers and refugees who had fled war and persecution in places such as Afghanistan, Myanmar and Somalia. Here they await a call from people smugglers to announce the likelihood of passage on a boat ready to take them to Australia. With the flow of boats now largely stopped, an anticipated layover of a few weeks or months in Cisarua has now become a stay of many years.
Away from family and friends, with limited financial resources and legally unable to work, boredom and loneliness become pervasive as their lives are put on hold. For some, the bright tropical landscape of Cisarua acts as a sign of renewal and new beginnings; however, for others from more arid climates, it is a permanent reminder of their displacement and just how far they are from home.More Text:Vol I.Vol II.Vol III.