Food Assistance for Cemetery Workers in Jombang, South Tangerang

Jombang Cemetery in South Tangerang, is one of the locations for the burial of COVID-19 victims in South Tangerang. With the increase of COVID-19 related deaths, the cemetery workers must now be on standby for 24 hours.

Workers at Jombang Cemetery during the funeral of a COVID-19 victim. As Covid-19 fatalities increased, they have to be on standby for 24 hours a day because they have to immediately perform funeral. (Special Documents)


ACTNews, SOUTH TANGERANG - 1,000 kilograms of rice were distributed as a form of support for Jombang public cemetery workers and residents of Kampung Rawa Lele, South Tangerang. The rice was delivered directly from the Humanity Distribution Center in Gunung Sindur, Tuesday (4/7).

Rodi Maryanto from ACT Greater Tangerang Program Dapartment explained, the food assistance provided to 24 Jombang Cemetery workers and local residents was a form of moral support from the Indonesian people donated through ACT.

“We also appreciate and support workers at Jombang Cemetery, from the ambulance drivers, the grave diggers, and the caretakers of the graves who must be on standby for 24 hours a day during the pandemic. The rice was also distributed to the surrounding residents," said Rodi.

Cemetery workers at Jombang Cemetery received rice from Aksi Cepat Tanggap, Tuesday (4/7). Jombang Cemetery is designated as one of the burial site for COVID-19 related deaths. (ACTNews / Gina Mardani)

Chairperson of Jombang Cemetery Tabroni explained, his team which consisted of grave diggers, ambulance drivers, and other workers have to be on standby for 24 hours because the funeral must be carried out immediately until a maximum of 4 hours after the victim is declared dead. "One time, we received a phone call at midnight. At 12 a.m., we were getting ready because at the body needed to be buried by 2 a.m. The grave diggers, ambulance drivers, and other workers were on standby," Tabroni said.

The food assistance given by Indonesian benefactors through Aksi Cepat Tanggap made Tabroni and his team feel very appreciated. He said that the assistance would be distributed to workers who become very much busier during the outbreak and also to the needy people in Kampung Rawa Lele Village.

Siti, a resident of Kampung Rawa Lele who also run a small food stall in front of the Jombang Cemetery said that she was grateful to receive food assistance from the people of Indonesia. According to Siti, the economy of Kampung Rawa, whose half of the residents are merchants, worsens during the pandemic. "This rice is very useful, Alhamdulillah. Many people here have not been able to work. If we don't work, how can we get food? " said Siti.

After the rice distribution on Tuesday (4/7) afternoon, the Jombang Cemetery workers immediately continued to work as another COVID-19 victim had just arrived. []