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Sexual abuse and violence against children dominant in Merauke

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Merauke, Metro Merauke – Violence against women in Merauke Regency, Papua this year is dominated by sexual harassment and violence against children.

More than 50 cases of maternal and child abuse in families reported this year, most are violence against minors by their own parents.

Head of Women Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming Department of Women Empowerment Child Protection, Population Control and Family Planning (P3AP2KB) Merauke regency, Yosephita Aron said, sexual harassment and violence against children are more than just a case to women.

“It first influenced by development of technology, then the legal status of family is in questioned. Many who live together but not married,” she said Monday (August 7).

The lack of assistance to adolescents to prepare them when becoming parents and responsibilities they must carry out, because having children is not merely just live together. The parenting pattern in the family also contributes to the perspective and habits of the child’s growth.

She said the P3AP2KB Office can only provide assistance for complaints from the community related to violence against women and children, so that children and women have place to report.

“There needs to be cooperation from government, religion leaders and custom, which must run synergistically. Teenage mentoring in every religion should be strengthened. Preparation of pre-marriage includes the parenting in religious coaching,” she said.

She mentioned that 80 percent of children are left unattended outside home, not with parents or families to control and teach them about life, virtuous and moral. As a result, promiscuity, moral damage becomes rampant. (*)

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The story of Nduga refugees: Mother died while giving birth to her child

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Nduga, Jubi – On Wednesday (9/1/2019), the sixteen-years-old Inambo Tabuni just arrived in Wamena, and she told her story in a refugee camp. 

Soldiers came by helicopter; a bomb dropped into the village.

People fled to the forest to save their lives. Many parents were separated with their children, while those who’re in refugee camp feel grateful that they can run away,” she recounted the incident occurred in the mid-December 2018.

The refugees take shelter in provisional tents and caves in the forest. They have insufficient food to eat. Men took a risk walking dozens of kilometres to reach gardens. They gathered sweet potatoes and taros from the garden in the night.

It helped us to stand for two or three days. After that, men will return to the garden and come back in the night,” she said.

According to her refugees are distributed into small groups to a big group. “Each group contains at least ten people or more.”

She also revealed their suffering living in a refugee camp. “It seems that we are living in someone else’s place. We want to live safely in our village.”

When she arrived in Mbua from Dal, a pregnant woman Selfina Lokbere (32 years old) just came from a refugee camp, and last week Lokbere reportedly had a delivery complication. Both mother and child died.

Selfina Lokbere, who was the wife of Yakerena Umangge, reportedly gave birth to twins. Her first twin managed to be smoothly born, while the second got stuck during delivery.

The second child did not come out, so the mother tried to pull her baby out, but she couldn’t make it.”

Meanwhile, Elinaus Tabuni, a member of the health care team of Papua Province in Mbua Sub-district, Nduga Regency, confirmed the incident that occurred on 2 January 2019.  

This woman just arrived from the forest and gave birth. She had only a child who died with her during the delivery,” he said.

Further, the congregation of Imanuel Church of Mbua takes care of the funeral of Selfina Lokbere and her child, while the medical team checked the rest of her family. It turns out that she has other six children who are still alive. They are Esok Umangge (7), Londice Umangge (8), Ason Umangge (9), Jemison Umangge (3), and the twins Rinthi dan Rentha (2,6). Currently, the twins of the late Selfina Lokbere, Rinthi and Rentha then raised by Gelipa Tabuni, their mother’s relative.

In the meantime, locals said the cause of her death is because she didn’t eat and drink well while in the refugee camp, whereas the medical team thought it’s possibly because of her giving birth too often.

Meanwhile, related to Nduga refugees, the Secretary of Youth Church Solidarity Alfonsa Wayap said three children were reported dead in refugee camp due to malnutrition. The children Ubugina Unue (2), Bugun Unue (1) and Raina Kogoya (5) died in Yal Sub-district.

The local also said there are ten pregnant women among them. “Some already give births while some are waiting for the due date.” (*)

 

Reporter: Benny Mawel

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Current conditions of Nduga refugees: getting sick, trauma and injuries

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Women and children in Yigi Sub-district come to the central of sub-district from refugee camp to meet the evacuation team. – Jubi/Victor Mambor

Wamena, Jubi – The health care team of Province Papua assisted by the Health Office of Nduga Regency, which was deployed to provide health services in sub-districts affected by gun conflict in Nduga, has returned to Wamena after serving the community.

Based on three days health examination (from 8 to 10 January 2019) implemented in sub-districts of Mbua, Dal and Mbulmu Yalma, they found common diseases appeared among the refugees.

The health care team coordinator dr Beery I. S Wopari explained this happened due to lacking food supplies. “In our struggling to overcome the geographical challenge during the services, there are indeed some diseases that dominantly found among adults and children,” he told reporters in Wamena on Friday evening (11/1/2019).

He added that his team found many cases of joint and bone pain as well as the pain in the entire body and headache. There are also some cases of high blood pressure among men and women.

Meanwhile for children, infants and toddlers, the common diseases found in respiratory infectious diseases such as flu and cough as well as diarrhoea, intestinal worms and wounds. They also found some pregnant women among the refugees. 

Many children also have wounds in their body as a result of falling in the running.

Dr Wopari also revealed that there are three adults wounded by gunshot, but they didn’t come to treatment so that the team only gave medication to reduce pain.

Meanwhile, a member of health care team Elianus Tabuni admitted that the deployed team has 16 people consisting of specialists, medical practitioners, and nurses and assisted by a team from the Health Office of Nduga Regency. The three days services concentrated in three sub-districts, Mbua, Dal and Mbulmu Yalma, Nduga Regency plus Ilekma Sub-district, Jayawijaya Regency because many people fled to Wamena.

The team also planned to go to Yigi Sub-district in the third day, but due to an unfavourable situation, they returned to Wamena to continue their service there.

We communicated with the military regarding the update situation in Yigi. They suggested us not to come to the area because of gunshots arbitrary caught in this area. We assumed it was a bad sign for us to continue our journey to Yigi Sub-district,” said Elianus Tabuni.

He also admitted besides the geographical difficulties and cold weather, people who come for treatment didn’t trust them for the first time.

They might be traumatic thus they ever questioned us whether we came to help them, to provide health services or another else,” said Tabuni. (*)

 

Reporter: Islami Adisubrata

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Three refugees reportedly died in Nduga Forest

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Nduga residents forced to exile from their villages. – Jubi / IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Following the military operation by the Indonesian Army in Nduga, Papua since mid-December 2018, local people are forced taking refuge to the forests to save their lives.

Until now, they live in huts, move from one village to another,” said Alfonsa Wayap, the Chairwoman of Regional Youth Catholic Commissariat of Papua Province to Jubi on (08/01/2019) in Abepura, Jayapura City, Papua.

She said that the health condition of the refugees is increasingly alarming from time to time.  Many children and adults currently experience malnutrition. Even some of them died due to lack of food.

Three infants reportedly died because of hunger,” continued Wayap, who’s also the Secretary of Youth Ministry for Nduga Aid Solidarity.

According to her, the infants who died in Yal Sub-district are two years old Ubugina Unue, one-year-old Bugun Unue and five years old Raina Kogoya.

Further, the local people, she said, also informed that there are ten pregnant women among them in refugee camps. Some church fellows then confirmed that there are four pregnant women in Yigi Sub-district, five from Yal Sub-district, and one from Mapenduma Sub-district.

Four women identified as Leribina Gwijangge (20), Lerni Gwijangge (18), Elsina Kogeya (35) and Bobina Kogeya (16) have given birth, while others are still waiting for their due date. (*)

 

Reporter: Benny Mawel

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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