Last year, Hapin and the Rajori Foundation financed two medical missions to the refugees in the Wamena-area. The missions were carried out by a group of volunteers, consisting of doctors, nurses, trauma counselors and youth workers.

Although we are happy with the results of these two missions, the work is not over yet. So far, the medical team has only managed to visit refugees in easy to reach places. However, some of the refugees are in locations much further away. Part of the tour must be completed by foot. That requires a lot from the medical team. Nevertheless, the volunteers wanted to return to the area.

Hapin finds it important that every refugee receives the necessary medical care. That is why we decided to finance a third and final medical mission, that was carried out last November. The medical team took care of many refugees, suffering from scabies, diarrhea, typhus and infectious diseases. The funds were mainly spent on medicines, drinking water, food and transportation (return flight tickets from Jayapura to Wamena and local transport). The team consists almost entirely of volunteers. Pulmonologist doctor Mia Rumateray – who herself received a financial contribution from Hapin for her medical study – assisted the volunteers.

A volunteer checks the health of a woman.

About the Nduga-refugees

More than 5,000 refugees live in and around the city of Wamena in Papua. They have been there since December 2018. Men, women and children are looking for safety and protection. They fled in terror from the Nduga region after the Indonesian army, in search of rebellious Papuans, destroyed their villages, homes and gardens and took over churches and other public buildings. They reside in and around Wamena, spread over dozens of small and larger spots. Many of them are still there untill today, lacking food, clothing and medical care.