No relief for flood-affected refugees

These children at Blackwara camp are now in custody from Operation Sunset Merona burnt down 19 houses in a dawn raid – photo UNHCR
Environmental damage caused by copper mining in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has affected thousands of refugees from the neighbouring Indonesian province of West Papua who have not received any support from PNG or the mining company, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and NGOs. “Some of the border settlements of West Papuan refugees have become severely affected by flooding associated with sediment...

Supporting West Papuan refugees in PNG

Maureen Sexton, a Sister of Mercy of the Melbourne Congregation
The plight of more than 8,000 West Papuan refugees living in Papua New Guinea’s Western Province, near the border of West Papua, rarely receives our attention in Australia. Yet, a significant number of refugees have been living in this area for over 28 years. Most of these refugees live in the remote North Fly District, either in the official refugee site at East Awin, in villages and settlements...

West Papuan refugees moved away from Blackwater camp

One Island, Two Countries, Two Attitudes to each otehr
On 2 May, the Papua New Guinea authorities began to airlift West Papuan refugees out of Blackwater camp near Vanimo in an operation designed to empty the camp as fast as possible. The refugees were all transferred to Kiunga in Western Prov:irx:e for re-location to East Aw in, the only area where re-locatiai camps have been set up for refugees who have flooded into Papua New Guinea since February...