Activists in West Papua province say
that up to 95 people have died of hunger in Tambrauw district since
last November, with hundreds more still at risk.
Kamuki Ramandey, the acting secretary of the Papua office of the
National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM), said on Wednesday
night that it was inconceivable how the authorities had allowed people
to starve to death.
"Obviously the local authorities have let the situation get out of control,” he said.
"How can so many people be suffering from this? This is no natural disaster.”
added that Komnas HAM had recorded 95 deaths in the subdistrict of Kwor
between November last year and the end of March this year.
the Tambrauw district chief, acknowledged that there was a malnutrition
problem in the area, but refuted Komnas HAM’s figure, saying that only
15 people had died during that period.
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