Fair Distribution of Rice Stock in Citapewa Camp

Mr. Lambertus, as camp coordinator, firmly
said, “The remaining rice stock should be distributed to families in the
camp with certain priority measure”. The issue emerged as there was
dispute amongst IDPs upon the remaining 25 kilos of rice, while the host
village authorities tried to mediate the argument in order to prevent communal

It began when YEU conducted need assessment in
Citapewa camp, in Niranusa village, on 2 May 2013 and gathered data from 32
households with total 148 IDPs who constantly stayed in the camp with
occasional visit to Palue
Island (origin of all
IDPs). YEU team returned to the camp on 18 May 2013 with rice stock for the
aforementioned number of IDPs. Apparently the number increased into 37 households
with total amount of 160 IDPs. This
incident led to disappointment of those who were not included in the previous
assessment which according to camp coordinator was due to several occurrences;
first is the arrival of new displaced family from Palue Island to the camp on
17 May, and second is 4 families who already constructed temporary houses next
to Citapewa camp and wanted to be acknowledged as part of IDPs.

Dispute over rice stock was unavoidable since
each party has their own arguments; for those who have not included in the
data, they asked for the equal fulfilment of basic need in times of emergency,
while for those who already stayed for long strongly believe that they should
be given the amount of rice according to the initial assessment. This sentiment
grew worse as a reflection that there is not enough space for assimilation
amongst IDPs coming from different villages and different time of arriving in

Niranusa village authority shouted to call the village
elderly, Mr. Gege, to solve the problem. Another person said that once they called
Mr. Gege as Mosa Laki, or the traditional leader who has control over the area,
it was feared that all IDPs would be expelled from the village due to this
argument. Mr. Ibnu Subroto from YEU explained that there is no intention to
start an argument because of the rice distribution.

Mr. Muarif, one of village authorities present
in the site, later firmly stated that for the sake of everyone’s need, the
decision to arrange the distribution should rest on the village authority who
hosted the camps with the support from the camp coordinators.

Finally, they reach to the agreement that all
IDPs, regardless their origins in the island or the timing they arrive in the
camp, should get equal sharing 2 kg per person for 5 days. So, they still can
get the support nutrition intake of 400 gram rice per day. In the initial
scenario, YEU planed to distribute 3 kg for 6 days. As many as 320 kg have been
distributed to all 160 IDPs, with the excessive 25 kg were given to families
with under-five babies who needs additional nutritional intake.

The agreement was well accepted by all parties,
and this particular experience has laid
foundation for communication amongst IDPs for better assimilation, as well as strengthening
the role of the village authority in the issue. The experience also highlighted
the need to create space for each party to convey their opinion and to accommodate
IDPs participation in the process.

(Ibnu Subroto & Tina S./Maumere)


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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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