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NGO presses govt to investigate death of 95 Papuans

  • Nadya Natahadibrata and Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 5 2013   /  10:15 am

A non-governmental organization (NGO), National Papua Solidarity (NAPAS), urged the government to investigate the cause of death of 95 people in Tambrauw regency, West Papua, saying that the Health Ministry neglected Papuans in remote areas.

Previously, the Sorong Raya chapter of Nusantara Traditional Community Alliance (AMAN) reported that as many as 95 people in Tambrauw died after failing to receive medical care.

In Baddei village 45 out of a total 250 sick residents have died, in Jokjober village 15 of its 210 sick people are now dead and in Kosefa village 35 of the 75 sick villagers did not recover.

“The lack of healthcare in the three villages has meant sick residents eventually die,” Sorong Raya chapter AMAN head Konstan Magablo cited, adding that the residents suffered from symptoms such as headache, high fever and skin irritation.

He said that si...