In Indonesia, AFSC collaborates with the Indonesian Justice and Peace Foundation (YKPI) to support partners around the country engaging in narrative change campaigning to bridge conflict divides and celebrate Indonesia’s rich diversity of religion, ethnicity, gender, social class, ability, and sexual orientation.
Through this collaboration, we support young people in promoting narratives around diversity and inclusion, organizing peacebuilding activities, and engaging in advocacy for structural change in several areas across Indonesia. This started as a response to communal violence between ethnic and religious groups in 1998.
The tsunami in 2004 led to an expansion of AFSC’s work in the Aceh province. There, our focus has been in the heavily conflict-affected area of East Aceh. We support rebuilding lives and relationships, so that communities can grow back stronger. We initially worked in the West Timor area of Indonesia where thousands of refugees from East Timor settled after the 1999 conflict, and now, through YKPI, support partners across the East Nusa Tenggara Province.