Since the beginning, the government has lowered aid. The first phase of assistance was distributed in January
Wamena, Papua (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Social Affairs has dispatched aid worth Rp3.7 billion for victims of the Nduga conflict in Papua in the form of logistics, clothing and other basic needs.

"Since the beginning, the government has lowered aid. The first phase of assistance was distributed in January," Director General of Protection and Social Security of the Ministry of Social Affairs Harry Hikmat said here on Monday. Assistance has been in the form of 50 tons of rice and other logistics. In the second stage, it was in the form of school supplies, children's play equipment, sports equipment and family equipment. The third phase of assistance was in the form of rice, supplementary food and logistics packages.

The assistance was symbolically handed over by Harry Hikmat to the District Secretary of Nduga Namia Gwijangge witnessed by the District Military Commander 1702/Jayawijaya Lt. Colonel Inf Chandra Dianto, Jayawijaya, Regional Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Tony Ananda.

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In addition to the logistical assistance, the ministry's Directorate of Social Protection for Victims of Social Disasters (PSKBS) in February conducted an assessment with the help of the Provincial and District Health Office of Nduga through the Psychosocial Support Services.

Since there are people who need attention, the state must be present. Initially, there were reports of 52 thousand refugees who were spread over a number of districts, Harry said.

The Secretary of Nduga District Namia Gwijangge, however, clarified that there were 39 thousand residents who had fled to Wamena, Kenyam, Timika, and also to the forests.

"I have ordered 39 thousand of them to be validly recorded. Then we will complete the data so that the aid is truly channeled," Namia Gwijangge said.

Armed conflict between the Indonesian National Armed Forces police and the armed criminal group led by Egainus Kogoya in Yal District of Nduga District on February 26, 2019 caused residents in Mbal, Yal, Yigi, Mapenduma, Nikuri and Yalma Districts to flee.

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Translator: Desi PUrnamawati/Eliswan Azly
Editor: Sri Haryati
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