August 14, 2013
An Indonesian University has made a surprise announcement in granting scholarships to two Afghan asylum seekers, who have been living in immigration detention.
The Sam Ratulangi University in Manado has told the ABC the two brothers were given scholarships for humanitarian reasons, and because they achieved outstanding marks at high school.
Sajjad, 18, and Amar, 19, managed to complete their schooling while inside a North Sulawesi immigration detention centre, where they have lived for two years.
The two students will now study Agriculture and IT through the University’s Manado campus.
Its spokesman, Daniel Pangemanan, says the Indonesian Government is happy with the arrangement.