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Regions help residents flee Papua following deadly riot

  • Apriadi Gunawan and Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

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Medan and Semarang   /   Fri, October 4, 2019   /  05:12 pm
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Evacuees wait their turn to board an Indonesian Military aircraft at Wamena Airport in Jayawijaya regency on Sept. 28, following a deadly riot on Sept. 23. (Antara/Iwan Adisaputra)

A number of government administrations are busy assisting people hailing from their respective regions who are fleeing conflict-ridden Wamena in Papua, following a deadly riot on Sept. 23 that claimed at least 33 lives, mostly non-Papuans. The North Sumatra administration, for example, has set up a team tasked with evacuating its people from Wamena. North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi said the team, which was under the coordination of the North Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), would depart for Wamena in the near future. “We want the team to start working soon so that North Sumatrans living in Wamena can be evacuated in a timely manner to prevent undesirable things from happening,” Edy said at his office on Tuesday. He added that his side was coordinating with various parties in Papua to airlift people, adding that some of the people affected had been co...