Quick Response to Tamara "Silver Woman" Viral Case, MoSA Provides ATENSI Support
JAKARTA (12 September 2021) – The Ministry of Social Affairs through Social Rehabilitation Center “Melati” Jakarta responded quickly to information about Tamara, the silver woman whose story went viral on online media (www.voice.com) on September 8, 2021.
Tamara Beneradet Reken, a 54-year-old woman often earns a living with her colleagues at the Intersection of Jalan Gaplek, Pamulang, South Tangerang, Banten. Tamara admitted that she was desperate to become a silver woman after being fired from her workplace due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Minister of Social Affairs, Tri Rismaharini, who knew about Tamara's viral story, immediately gave directions for a needs assessment to be carried out on Tamara so that the appropriate Social Rehabilitation Assistance (ATENSI) service could be planned to overcome the crisis she was facing. The head of the Jakarta Melati Center, Romal Uli Jaya Sinaga, assigned social workers to find Tamara and then carry out a needs assessment.
Thursday (10/9), the team from the Jakarta Melati Center has not been able to find the whereabouts of Tamara, who usually “works” under the Gaplek flyover, Pamulang, Banten. The team coordinated with Suara Karya media reporters and received information on assistance from the Public Relations Bureau of the Ministry of Social Affairs to locate Tamara. Friday (11/9) at around 12.00 WIB, officers managed to find Tamara and conduct a needs assessment on her.
Based on the results of the assessment, it is known that Tamara migrated to Jakarta in 1980. She and her colleagues formed a musical group and until 2013, Tamara's musical group managed to perform in several cafes in the capital city. In 2014, Tamara switched professions to sell Japanese bamboo around Lebak Bulus Terminal.
“I have been selling Japanese bamboo for a long time, until early 2020. Due to Covid, it was very quiet at the terminal. No one wants to buy it. I need to eat. Well, it can't be helped, I tried my luck being a silver man. People say I'm lazy to work, I'm still young but begging. They don't know my life story," said Tamara.
"I used to sleep on the street, sir. Why are you ashamed? If we are ashamed, we will not live. So being a silver woman, I can earn up to 300 thousand a day. I have never received any help from the government. It's difficult to get the vaccine because the ID card is lost. It's hard to make the new one," complained Tamara.