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Jakarta Post

Future of children’s studies unclear in Nduga conflict

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 17, 2019   /  02:06 pm
Future of children’s studies unclear in Nduga conflict Students who fled from their homes in Nduga regency study at a makeshift school in Wamena regency on March 5. (Courtesy of Ence Geong/-)

Massive demonstrations and riots in Papua are not the only pressing issues in Papua. After nine months of armed conflict in Nduga regency, hundreds of school-age children are still in the dark about the future of their studies. Living in poor conditions in Wamena does not shed light on how they will manage to keep surviving, let alone continue studying. The armed conflict, which has been going on since December, has merely resulted in the displacement of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDP) in neighboring Nduga regency. A local humanitarian group has reported the deaths of 184 displaced Nduga people, 41 among them being school-age children. What is the future for school children amid the current armed conflict, particularly in Wamena? The local voluntary group, which I joined during fieldwork, and local teachers who were also affected by the conflict in Nduga, have built...

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