IRC to Assess Conditions in Volatile Indonesian Province
The team includes specialists in public health, economic development, education and community development. Two members of CARDI’s national staff will facilitate the team’s passage through the politically volatile and physically treacherous region.
The Free Papua Movement (OPM) has waged an armed opposition to Indonesian rule in Papua, formerly known as Irian Jaya, since the 1960s. Many people have been displaced and a number of communities in the interior highlands have been closed to aid organizations because of military operations. Many communities are only reachable by foot or boat, particularly during the rainy season. The situation has been exacerbated by tensions within the Papuan community.
“The challenge of Papua should not be underestimated,” explained Bryan Cox, the CARDI country director. “High poverty, overstretched government resources, a variable security situation, the potential for conflict and displacement, high operational costs, and an extremely diverse population make Papua both challenging and necessary for CARDI.”
Jayapura, where the team will touch down, is more than 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) away from CARDI’s most western office in Banda Aceh.