Jayawijaya Regent Calls for People to Remain in Wamena

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  • Wamena resident arrive in Sentani, Jayapura, Papua with Hercules aircraft owned by the Indonesian Air Force on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Around 4,500 Wamena resident fled to Jayapura after the deadly riots which resulted in 33 deaths in Wamena, last Monday, 23 September 2019. ANTARA FOTO/Gusti Tanati

    Wamena resident arrive in Sentani, Jayapura, Papua with Hercules aircraft owned by the Indonesian Air Force on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Around 4,500 Wamena resident fled to Jayapura after the deadly riots which resulted in 33 deaths in Wamena, last Monday, 23 September 2019. ANTARA FOTO/Gusti Tanati

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jayawijaya Regent John Richard Banua has announced that the situation in Wamena is starting to improve.

    “Based on the situation, people who have not returned from refugee camps are due to the lighting and electricity in their areas. Once the PLN resolves the problems, the refugees will return to their homes,” said John in a press conference held in Papua on Wednesday, October 1. 

    Despite what he claims is a gradual improvement, there are still large groups of people intending to flee from Wamena to other cities due to the traumatic experience they had gone through.

    Even though the Military (TNI) plane used for the evacuation is also used to transport deceased bodies and sick patients that are referred to hospitals outside of the region.

    John, therefore, has asked the TNI to postpone logistic aids brought by the military jet Hercules as he deems the aids for the refugees are enough for now, besides to avoid the people from leaving Wamena.

    “There need to be no more Hercules planes in the next two or three days. Let’s focus on sending people back to their homes,” said the Regent. 

    WAYAN AGUS