After the shooting incident of Trans Papua access road project workers in early December 2018, Nduga Regency, Papua, Indonesia, is like a battlefield. President Jokowi mobilized the military to resolve the case. The sweeping of the TNI (Tentara Nasional Indonesia/Indonesian National Army) – Polri (Kepolisian Republik Indonesia/Indonesian Republic Police) against the group that names itself the West Papua National Liberation Army of the Free Papua Organization (TPN/OPM) was also killing civilians. The weapons contact between the Indonesian National Army-Indonesian Police and the TPN/OPM killed three TNI members and seven on the TPN/OPM side.
Nduga is a region in Papua, Indonesia, the poorest, despite it’s wealth natural resources. This area is one ot the world’s last pristine tropical forest, has been at the centre of much of the instability.
Since the beginning of December 2018, more than five thousand residents have fled to Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency, because of fear and insecurity. More than 600 refugees are students. The volunteer team made an emergency school, so that students at the final level could participate in the national exam.
Although they are still trauma and reluctant to others, a number of students stated that they are happy to study in emergency schools. Because there are teachers so they can learn every day. Unlike when they were in the village in Nduga, the school did not run because their teachers were not present in school.
These refugees do not have any food and some of them suffer from illness. Some children fainted at school because they have not get any meals for two or three days. A total of 202 refugees died, due to illness.
However, there is no government or humanitarian agency to take care of these Nduga refugees. After the riots in Wamena last September, the number of displaced Papuans has increased.