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Hundreds of Maybrat residents fled and fled to the forest

September 6, 2021

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Hundreds of Maybrat residents fled and fled to the forest

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo September 6, 2021 4:33 pm

Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi
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Civilians who took refuge in Maybrat Regency. – IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of the Apostolic Commission for Lay Manokwari-Sorong Diocese, Father Isak Bame Pr said residents from five districts in Maybrat Regency, West Papua, fled after the attack on the Preparation Koramil Post in Kisor Village, South Aifat District, Maybrat. Father Isak asked the warring parties to ensure that civilians did not become victims of their conflict.

Father Isak Bame Pr said the displaced residents came from South Aifat District, East Aifat District, Middle East Aifat District, South East Aifat District, and Far East Aifat District. Father Isak said the hundreds of displaced residents were scattered in the forest, avoiding sweeping by the TNI/Polri security forces who were looking for the perpetrators of the attack on the Preparatory Koramil Post in Kisor that occurred on Thursday (2/9/2021).

“We ask for the prayer support of our fellow priests and all Papuan people. So that civilians do not become victims of the TNI/Polri and TPNPB," said Pastor Isak when contacted by Jubi on Monday (6/9/2021).

Read also: KNPB Maybrat denies police accusations related to the murder of 4 TNI members

He stated that it was also difficult for priests and church leaders to carry out their activities, because the bridge to Aisa, Ainesra had been damaged by unknown people. The bridges leading to Kamundan, Fuok, Sabah, Nasipman were also damaged, making it impossible for vehicles to pass. "It is sad that the activities of the people have been hampered, so we are still accommodating some residents who fled near the St. Andreas Parish in Ayata," said Father Isak.

He stated that more and more security personnel were sent to Maybrat. Among other things, they were seen building checkpoints in Kisor and Sesemuk. Security forces were also seen increasing in Ayamaru, East Aifat. "We hope that the TNI/Polri who enter the village do not act [recklessly] to the civilians who are in refugee camps or in their villages," he said.

Head of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Maybrat, Yohanes Assem confirmed the information that residents from five districts in Maybrat had fled. “That’s right, the civilians are evacuating. But we don’t know how many people have fled. Because of the distance and they fled in a state of panic. So we can’t say for sure," he said.

Read also: Governor of West Papua invites the people of Kisor to return to their village

Assem said that if the TNI/Polri wanted to fight, please go to war with the West Papua National Liberation Army-Free Papua Organization (TPNPB-OPM). He hoped that civilians would not become victims of clashes between the security forces and the TPNPB-OPM. "Don’t let civilians become victims because of the steps taken by the TNI/Polri to look for TPNPB-OPM, or vice versa," said Assem.

Previously, the Executive Director of the Manokwari Institute for Research, Assessment and Development of Legal Aid (LP3BH), Yan Christian Warinussy, urged the Commander of the XVIII/Kasuari Military Command to release Maikel Yaam (17) and Simon Waymbewer (26), two residents who were arrested by Battalion 726/VYS soldiers. and Kodim 1809 Maybrat in Kisor Village on Thursday (2/9/2021). Warinussy stated that the two people arrested were civilians, not part of the group attacking the Preparation Command Post in Kisor.

“We, LP3BH Manokwari, have received information from our sources in South Aifat District, that the two young people were not part of the attack group. Unlike what the media reported, [they are not] part of the Armed Criminal Group (KKB) led by Mamfred Fatem,” he said. (*)

Editor: Aryo Wisanggeni G

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