Ciliwung is Our Life

Ciliwung is Our Life

The walls in the alley entering Bukit Duri area are full of eye-catching graffitis.

The graffitis contain messages like “Green Ciliwung”, “Mutual aid tgotong royong) society area”, “Refuse relocation”, and many more messages alternating with paintings of human faces, and drawings of plant roots spreading on the wall. The graffitis are almost 500 meters in length providing a different atmosphere to the Ciliwung riverbank, a more colorful atmosphere. It is not evident that the area is prone to flooding.

Like the General Election, the banks of Ciliwung River experience a great flooding every five years such as the great floods in 2002 and 2007. The great flood of 2007 took a death toll of about 48 people, and about 1,500 homes in East Jakarta were damaged not to mention the thousands of people who were displaced.

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