The Jakarta Post
Three psychologist teams from the Central Java Police and two state-run universities in the province, namely the University of Diponegoro (Undip) in Semarang and Sebelas Maret University (UNS) in Surakarta, are ready to help Fajar Nusantara Movement (Gafatar) members suffering from psychological trauma, says a police officer.
"We were assigned here when the Gafatar followers were discharged from [ war vessel] KRI Teluk Gilimanuk on Monday. Now, we are waiting for the second batch of arrivals, in which the number of Gafatar followers repatriated may be higher than that day,' the Central Java Police's psychology division head Adj.Sr.Comr.Agus Yulianto told journalists at Tanjung Emas Port in Semarang on Wednesday.
As many as 1,281 Gafatar members traveling with passenger vessel KM Dharma Ferry 2 from Mempawah, West Kalimantan, are expected to arrive at Tanjung Emas Port in Semarang at 7 p.m. local time on Wednesday, two hours late than initially scheduled.
On Monday, 351 Gafatar members, half of whom were children, arrived at the port via KRI Teluk Gilimanuk.
'We have nine psychologists from the Central Java Police. There will be more psychologists dispatched from Undip and UNS as lecturers and other staff experts from the two universities are involved in this task,' said Agus.
He further said the psychologist teams would observe the Gafatar followers as soon as they were discharged from the vessel.
'If there are signs that they are experiencing psychological trauma, we will assist them,' said Agus.
'Those who suffer from trauma need immediate assistance. Here, we will map out their problems. Further assistance will be given at the Donohudan Haj dormitory in Boyolali,' he went on.
The commander of the Indonesian Navy Base in Semarang, Col.Eka Setyawan, said 975 personnel from the Indonesian Military (TNI), National Police, Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) and related institutions were ready to secure the second batch of arrivals in Semarang on Wednesday. (ebf)
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