Frightened and displaced, Papua children haunted by conflict
Thousands of boys and girls remain in shelters after fleeing battles between Indonesian army and independence fighters.
by Febriana Firdaus 6 hours ago
Wamena, Indonesia - Under the pine trees, a nine-year-old girl is sitting on a blue tarpaulin, rubbing her feet. For the past six months, she's been living in a church-run shelter after escaping the chaos that enveloped her village in Nduga, a remote highland region in the western part of the island of Papua. "I was just sitting in my house and a 'bomb' dropped from the sky," she said, recalling the bang of what could have been a grenade. "I fled with my family," the young girl continued. "I saw houses were burning. We walked and slept like nomads in the jungle for three weeks."