Famine-hit region of Indonesia’s Papua proposes mass-relocation

Yahukimo District Head Ones Pahabol has announced a proposal to
prevent further famine by relocating hinterlands based residents
to a location close to the district capital of Dekai.

According to Pahabol, the relocation would be completed within
10-15 years and involve 200,000 families, with priority
initially given to the Unaukam, Kemial, Mek and Yali tribes.

Meanwhile, Yahukimo District Government Secretary Robby
Langkutoy has said that authorities have yet to produce definite
data on the victims of the famine; however he confirmed that
famine has occurred in the sub-districts of Sutamon, Bomela,
Walma, Pronggoli, Heryakpini, Seradala and Langda. Yahukimo Govt
Proposes Mass-Relocation to Avoid Further Famine

Unattributed article: 28 Sep: ‘Bupati Yahukimo Tawarkan Relokasi
Penduduk’

Yahukimo District Head Ones Pahabol has announced a proposal for
the mass-relocation of residents from various sub-districts that
are vulnerable to famine. According to Pahabol, this is the only
permanent solution to avoid further famines from occurring in
those areas.

“Hinterlands residents should be brought close to Dekai (the
capital of Yahukimo District). This is the only way that further
[food shortage] disasters will not be repeated,” said Pahabol
during a meeting in Jayapura with the Trans-Sector Assistance
Team from the central government on 27 September 2009.

Pahabol explained to the team that he was optimistic that the
relocation process would be completed within 10-15 years and
said that the central government would have to respond to
requests for humanitarian aid from the region.

According to Pahabol, the initial stage of the process would be
to build between 5000 and 10,000 homes, complete with workable
land, and it was expected that eventually 200,000 hinterlands
based families would relocate.

Pahabol added that several tribes including Unaukam, Kemial, Mek
and Yali would be given priority in the relocation process.
Yahukimo District Govt Yet to Produce Definitive Data on Famine
Victims

Article by Cornelius Eko Susanto: 27 Sep: ‘Data Korban Kelaparan
di Yahukimo’

According to Yahukimo District Government Secretary Robby
Langkutoy, authorities have been unable to produce definitive
data on famine victims in Yahukimo due to difficulties in
reaching the remote areas.

Speaking on 25 September 2009, Langkutoy confirmed that famine
has occurred in seven sub-districts, namely Sutamon, Bomela,
Walma, Pronggoli, Heryakpini, Seradala and Langda.

Langkutoy acknowledged that the district government had still
not confirmed the report of 92 famine deaths which was provided
by the Christian Foundation for Community Social Services
Indonesia.

Meanwhile, the Director of Cultivation of Legumes and Tubers at
the Department of Agriculture, Muchlizar Murkan, suggested that
the Yahukimo District Government address the food shortage issue
by providing at least two agricultural advisers for every
sub-district.

Previously, in 2006, 34 agricultural advisers were present
throughout 17 sub-districts; however they left after the
district government did not provide them with government
employment status.

Source: Media Indonesia, Jakarta, in Indonesian 27 Sep 09

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