TEMPO.CO, Timika - More evacuees from Kenyam, Nduga District, Papua were coming to the nearest region Agats, Asmat District. The number of refugees was gradually increased following recent terrors from Papua armed group.
Asmat Social Agency Amir Makhmud said as many as 116 Kenyam residents stayed at the agency’s rental house, the Evangelical Christian Church, and Tongkonan Traditional House of Toraja Asmat Family Association.
“As many as 66 evacuees are non-Papuan residents and now live at Tongkonan Traditional House of Agats, while 50 are Papuans living at the rental house at Jl. Amborep Agats,” said Amir, as quoted from Antara today, July 6.
Amir predicted more Kenyam residents would seek refuge to Agats for the next few days. The evacuees planned to return to their homeland on July 11, using Pelni KM Leuser ship that departed from Agats Asmat Port to Paumako Port, Timika.
Earlier on Sunday, July 1, as many as 45 people using KM Tatamailau boat from Agats, Asmat arrived in Timika, followed by 106 evacuees on Wednesday, July 4. Asmat Provincial Administration allocated some Rp162 million to facilitate the boat ticket for the evacuees to Timika, Papua.