Hundreds of refugees from Mimika in Sentani, Jayapura - Jubi/Roy Ratumakin

Komnas HAM Papua Sends Team to Deal with Mimika’s Refugees

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Hundreds of refugees from Mimika in Sentani, Jayapura - Jubi/Roy Ratumakin
Hundreds of refugees from Mimika in Sentani, Jayapura – Jubi/Roy Ratumakin

Jayapura, Jubi – National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) in Papua will delegate a team to monitor the condition of hundreds of refugees from Mimika in Sentani, Jayapura.

The Officer-in-Charge Frits Ramandey said, as it is not yet certain about their condition; the team will verify and decide the next step. “If everything related to their number and condition, we will try to contact some relevant stakeholders to take care of them,” he told Jubi in Jayapura on Wednesday (10/8/2016).

According to him, for whatever it is they are still considered as refugees and victims of violence.

“It’s been two months that Timika is in conflict. They move because of that. So, they are now the refugees,” he said.

At least 327 clash victims in Mimika still occupy the tents surrounding Palomo area and Tolikara student dormitory, Sentani.

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Refugee coordinator Johny Wenda told Jubi in Sentani on Sunday (7/8/2016) most of them are now getting the symptoms of diarrhea, fever, nausea, and respiratory infection.  According to him, despites some media have covered their condition, but until now there’s no good health care for refugees. (*/rom)

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