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"Nowadays even 1kg of rice is very precious. Staples are very expensive and poor people like us can hardly afford two meals a day," Sutini told IRIN, adding that the price of 1kg of rice had risen from 3,500 rupiah (about 40 US cents) to 5,000 rupiah.
Sutini was one of more than 1,000 people who queued outside the campus of the Indonesian Christian University in the heart of the capital, Jakarta, on 2 April for rice in a charity event organised by an inter-university student group called Forkot.