Wasior, the Almost Forgotten One

Being followed by two other disasters that struck Indonesia, Wasior flash flood seems to be forgotten. It’s as if we don’t need to hear from it anymore, while for the survivors, this would mean a whole diferrent thing. There would be less and lesser people who is concerned with their well being.

In November 30 2010, after two months staying in camps, the survivors that lives in Manokwari, 8 hours by ship from Wasior, went home. Although their home coming gives a glimpse of hope, but their future after they got home is still unclear.

“I don’t know how it’s going to be,” said a mother while packing her belongings, waiting her turns of truck that would bring her to the harbour. They only knew that they were going to the harbour, departing that very afternoon to their homeland, but the afterwards; is still dark. They don’t know where to stay, with whom and to whom they have to ask for it.

It is said that the temporary shelter had been completed, the volunteers who built it had started to come to Manokwari, filling the tents that were used by the survivors. But the reality, no one ever told the survivors, how they were going to get the shelter, where the shelters are and who deserves to get it.

They have been assessed tenths of times, asked in hundred ways, and waited for so long, but still “I don’t know” is played all over.

Now, after being surpassed by the news of her “two sisters” that drained all the media attention; the survivors have to fight on their own. Volunteers number is decreasing in Wasior, it could be that they moved to the next disaster; or aligned with the decreasing news, the money needed to sustain the works is also decreasing.

Meanwhile, the survivors since the beginning never had any money, they ran away from their homes with just the clothes that they’re in, drenched in mud. All their life and living were washed away; and no clarity whatsoever, whether it will return.

And now, there is us. Are we still going to care? Or do we choose to forget… 

About oaseindisasters

Oase in Disaster - Yakkum Emergency Unit This blog is official blog of Yakkum Emergency Unit Member of ACT Alliance and Member of Humanitarian Forum of Indonesia. The contents of this blog covers the YEU's activities related to emergency responds activities in Indonesia. Currently, we are working in emergency respon in three different areas; to respond Wasior flash-flood affected people in Manokwari, West Papua, tsunami-Mentawai affected people in Mentawai, West Sumatera, and Merapi Volcano Eruption in Central Java and Yogyakarta. At the national level, we are coordinating within the network of Humanitarian Forum of Indonesia (HFI) and at the International level we're coordinating with Global Network for Disaster Reduction and ACT Alliance. Email: yeu@yeu.or.id Follow us in twitter @yeu2001 www.yeu.or.id www.actalliance.org www.humanitarianforumindonesia.org
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