3,225 refugees in Jayapura, confirms coordinating minister

3,225 refugees in Jayapura, confirms coordinating minister

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto during a press conference at Jakarta, on Monday. (30/9/2019) (ANTARA/Zuhdiar Laeis/AK).

"Now, the situation in Wamena is conducive, but the non-Papuan people are still traumatized
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The number of refugees in Jayapura, Papua due to the deadly riots in Wamena, currently has reached 3,225, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto said. "Now, the situation in Wamena is conducive, but the non-Papuan people are still traumatized," Wiranto said, during a press conference, at the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Jakarta, Monday.

The feeling of trauma for non-Papuan migrants was one common to human beings after the deadly unrest that occurred in Wamena.

As a result, non-Papuan migrants have requested that they be evacuated to the Papua provincial capital of Jayapura, he said.

The migrants were driving the regional economy, both in Papua and West Papua, Wiranto explained.

"So, you can imagine, if they leave Wamena, who drives the economy in that area," he said.

Currently, the Ministry of Social Affairs has assisted refugees by providing adequate food and health care, through the Ministry of Health.

The most important thing is neutralizing the trauma with a guarantee of security and an understanding, Wiranto said.

"Because, they run various kinds of businesses in Wamena," he remarked.

Moreover, there has been a symbiosis of mutualism between Papuans and migrants who have opened a business for basic needs, Wiranto said.

"This is a system that has been running for decades. If the system is damaged, it will disturb the community in Wamena," he said.

Papuan community leaders and the local government asked non-Papuan migrants to reopen their businesses as usual to serve the needs of the people, he said. (INE)

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