Update on ongoing military operation in Nduga Regency – death toll higher than expected

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The extensive military operation in response to the killing of 19 roadworkers by TPN PB members in the regency of Nduga has cost more civilian lives than initially estimated. Latest information on the number of victims indicates that the death toll has reached more than 100 civilian victims, who died between in early December 2018 and the end of March 2019. The victims either died during displacement or as a direct result of armed security force violence. According to latest counts, fifteen civilians were killed during armed clashes, while another nine were injured. At least 83 indigenous IDPs died after fleeing their villages, while another five villagers have been reported missing.

A large number of victims are women and children, who are particularly vulnerable to disease, malnutrition and hypothermia. The data illustrates that fifty-two of the deceased IDPs were females. Thirty-three victims were children or new-born babies. Among the number of fatalities are 28 women who died during or shortly after giving birth. In many of these cases, the death of the mother also resulted in the death of the infant. Many women had to give birth during displacement under difficult mental, physical and climatic circumstances without access to healthcare services.

Table 1: Fatalities during security force operation in Nduga

No

Date of death

Name

Village/District

Cause of death

1

04.12.2018

Kwemisik Gwi

Yal

Shot dead by Indonesian military (TNI)

2

04.12.2018

Kerry Gwijangge

Nirkuri

Shot dead by Indonesian military (TNI), shot hit the victim's mouth and exited at the back of the head

3

04.12.2018

Mianus Lokbere

Mbua

Shot dead by Indonesian military (TNI), Shot dead, body was found in rotten condition

4

04.12.2018

Nison Umangge

Mbua

Shot dead by Indonesian military (TNI) during air raid

5

05.12.2019

Rabu Kogoya

Nirkuri

Shot dead by Indonesian military (TNI), sustained shots in the chest and other parts of the body, family members discovered the body on 7 December - the heart, liver and brain had been removed, the victim's tongue was split

6

09.12.2018

Arlius Kogoya

Yigi

Died in his house because decided not to flee with his relatives, burnt alive as Indonesian military members set several traditional houses in Karunggame Village on fire

7

16.12.2018

Mentus Nimiangge

Mbulmuyalma

 Shot by Indonesian military (TNI) during operation 06.12.2019, bullet pierced victim's neck and entered at the back

8

18.12.2018

Pirando Gwijangge

Mapnduma

Shot dead by Indonesian military (TNI)

9

19.12.2018

Bonias Kogoya

Mapnduma

Sustained bullet wound in the chest and the left thigh as he was standing on the airstrip and tried to escape approaching TNI forces

10

19.12.2018

Rev. Geyimin Nirigi

Mapnduma

Allegedly shot dead and body subsequently burned by Indonesian military (TNI)

11

04.02.2019

Amos Kogoya

Mugi

Soldiers burst into his house as he was praying with his wife beat Amos K. while interrogating him. He died from the wounds sustained during interrogation

12

07.03.2019

Ameri Nimiangge

Nikggakal

Shot dead by Indonesian military (TNI)

13

28.03.2019

Kansa Wandikbo

Mugi

Shot dead by Indonesian military (TNI)

14

N/A

Rocky Lani

Mapnduma

Shot in the forehead

15

N/A

Salina Gwijangge

Nirkuri

Suffered severe burnings, body turned black after coming into contact with smoke, as military dropped explosives during air raid

Table 2: Internally displaced women who died giving birth

No

Date

Names of women died giving birth during displacement

Age

District/Village

1

04.12.2018

Yunia Nimiangge

29 years

Yigi

2

06.12.2019

Selpina Lokbere

25 years

Mbua

3

12.12.2018

Elin Gwijangge

28 years

Yigi

4

19.12.2018

Menerima Gwijangge

30 years

Yigi

5

19.12.2018

Prestina Gwijangge

29 years

Mapnduma

6

20.12.2018

Simerina Lilbid

27 years

Yigi

7

21.12.2018

Atna Lilbid

31 years

Yigi

8

21.12.2018

Bopitnakwe Nimingge

30 years

Yigi

9

26.12.2018

Sirina Gwijangge

34 years

Mapnduma

10

31.12.2018

Dopina Nimiangge

41 years

Yigi

11

03.01.2019

Merince Lilbid

30 years

Ininggal

12

03.01.2019

Amaina Nimiangge

29 years

Yigi

13

11.01.2019

Siripapul Gwijangge

23 years

Yigi

14

11.01.2019

Wesiana Gwijangge

30 years

Yigi

15

11.01.2019

Selpina Lokbere

28 years

Yigi

16

13.01.2019

Dipina Karunggu

34 years

Yal

17

14.01.2019

Inggina Wesiangge

32 years

Yigi

18

31.01.2019

Sama Kelnea

22 years

Yigi

19

01.02.2019

Siripena Gwijangge

22 years

Yigi

20

03.02.2019

Sonan Nimiangge

31 years

Ininggal

21

20.02.2019

Amina Tabuni

29 years

Ininggal

22

20.02.2019

Wati Gwijangge

36 years

Yigi

23

02.03.2019

Inggina Lilbid

23 years

Nitkuri

24

06.03.2019

Liberina Gwijangge

46 years

Yal

25

11.03.2019

Dereli Unie

33 years

Yal

26

11.03.2019

Diska Balingga

21 years

Mapnduma

27

14.03.2019

Kerengsu Wasjangge

30 years

Yal

28

20.03.2019

Uniue Karunggu

27 years

Yal

Table 3: Total number of deceased IDPs dying due to indirect causes of armed conflict

No

Date

Name

Gender

Village/district

Cause of death

1

04.12.2018

Malince Kemarigi’s baby

Male

Yigi

Died with the age of one month during escape from the village

2

04.12.2018

Yunia Nimiangge

Female

Yigi

Died giving birth

3

06.12.2019

Selpina Lokbere

Female

Mbua

Died giving birth to twins

4

06.12.2018

Ipnak Imiangge

Female

Koroptak

Vomited blood, sustained shock after hearing shots

5

08.12.2019

Selpina Lokbere‘s first baby

 Male

Mbua

Died, skin turned blue

6

08.12.2018

Selpina Lokbere‘s second baby

Female

Mbua

Died, skin turned blue

7

08.12.2019

Tabunmu Wandikbo

 Female

Iniknggal

Died due to starvation alone in his house after being left by relatives who fled into the forest

8

08.12.2018

Isem Kogoya

Male

Kamoroman

Died after getting sick in the forest

9

09.12.2018

Yarion Kogoya

Male

Dal

died after sustaineing a sever shock as heard shots close to his house

10

10.12.2018

Kranuskwe Wasiangge

Female

Yigi

 Died after getting high fever and diarrhea

11

11.12.2018

Anen Sabu

Male

Yigi

Died after getting fever, diarrhea, lack of food

12

12.12.2018

Elin Gwijangge

Female

Yigi

Died giving birth

13

16.12.2018

Bemenak Nimiangge

Female

Yigi

Died after getting fever, diarrhea, lack of food

14

19.12.2018

Menerima Gwijangge

Female

Yigi

Died giving birth

15

19.12.2018

Prestina Gwijangge

Female

Mapnduma

Died giving birth

16

20.12.2018

Simerina Lilbid

Female

Yigi

Died giving birth

17

21.12.2018

Atna Lilbid

Female

Yigi

Died giving birth

18

21.12.2018

Bopitnakwe Nimingge

Female

Yigi

Died giving birth

19

26.12.2018

Sirina Gwijangge

Female

Mapnduma

Died giving birth

20

30.12.2018

Simelina Kogoya

Female

Yigi

Died due to unknown sickness

21

31.12.2018

Dopina Nimiangge

Female

Yigi

Died giving birth

22

03.01.2019

Merince Lilbid

Female

Ininggal

Died giving birth

23

03.01.2019

Amaina Nimiangge

Female

Yigi

Died giving birth

24

11.01.2019

Walianus Tabuni

 Male

Mbua

 Died due to starvation

25

11.01.2019

Siripapul Gwijangge

Female

Yigi

Died giving birth

26

11.01.2019

Wesiana Gwijangge

Female

Yigi

Died giving birth to twins

27

11.01.2019

Merianan Gwijangge

Female

Kroptak

Became sick and died in the forest, could not get food

28

12.01.2019

Iminus Gwijangge

Male

Koroptak

Sick

29

13.01.2019

Dipina Karunggu

Female

Yal

Died giving birth

30

14.01.2019

Inggina Wesiangge

Female

Yigi

Died giving birth

31

15.01.2019

Rev. Genworak Wasiangge

Male

Mbulmuyalma

died in Jelekama Village, Jayawijaya Regency

32

19.01.2019

Arema Kogoya

Female

Mapnduma

died in the Popitmo Village of Wouma District in Jayawijaya Regency

33

20.01.2019

Saribu Lilbid

 Male

Yigi

 Died due to starvation in the forest

34

20.01.2019

Ismina Gwijangge’s baby

Female

Yigi

Died in the forest

35

20.01.2019

Dopunus Gwijangge

Male

Kroptak

Died in the forest

36

21.12.2018

Isenus Kogoya

Male

Kroptak

Died after getting sick

37

27.01.2019

Arem Kogoya

Female

Mapnduma

died due to pneumonia

38

30.01.2019

Seripem Lilbid

Female

Yigi

Died while mother fled into the forest

39

31.01.2019

Sonan Nimiangge’s baby

Female

Yigi

Died in the forest

40

31.01.2019

Sama Kelnea

Female

Yigi

Died giving birth

41

01.02.2019

Siripena Gwijangge

Female

Yigi

Died giving birth

42

03.02.2019

Sonan Nimiangge

Female

Ininggal

Died giving birth

43

06.02.2019

Wasu Wandikbo

Male

Mapnduma

Died in refugee camp

44

08.02.2019

 Marli Sabu’s baby

Male

Yigi

 Died shortly after birth in the forest

45

10.02.2019

Mintas Kelnea

 Male

Yigi

Died due to starvation in the forest

46

10.02.2019

Agus Gwijangge

Male

Kagayem

Died in refugee camp

47

13.02.2019

Yunia Nimiagge’s baby

Male

Yigi

 Died while fleeing to the forest

48

16.02.2019

Paul Nimiangge

 Male

Engnitggal

Died due to starvation

49

18.02.2019

Ismina Kemarigi's child

Male

Yigi

Died as she ran into the forest

50

20.02.2019

Kemince Karuga

Female

Mbulmuyalma

Died in the forest

51

20.02.2019

Eling Gwijangge

Female

Mapnduma

 Died giving birth to twins

52

20.02.2019

Eling Gwijangge’s first baby

 Male

Mapnduma

 Died

53

20.02.2019

Eling Gwijangge’s second baby

Female

Mapnduma

 Died

54

20.02.2019

Amina Tabuni

Female

Ininggal

Died giving birth

55

20.02.2019

Wati Gwijangge

Female

Yigi

Died giving birth

56

21.02.2019

Genorak Wasiangge

 Male

Yigi

Died due to starvation

57

21.02.2019

Krimince Tabuni

Female

Dal

Died in the forest due to hypothermia

58

24.02.2019

Yibirinas Gwijangge

 Male

Mam Inikngga

Died due to starvation

59

02.03.2019

Inggina Lilbid

Female

Nitkuri

Died giving birth

60

06.03.2019

Arene Nirigi

 Male

Iniknggal

Died due to starvation at an improvised refugee camp in the forest

61

06.03.2019

Yunias Karunggu

 Male

Yal

Died to unknown severe sickness

62

06.03.2019

Liberina Gwijangge

Female

Yal

Died giving birth to twins

63

06.03.2019

Liberina Gwijangge’s first baby

Female

Yal

Stillbirth

64

06.03.2019

Liberina Gwijangge’s second baby

Female

Yal

Stillbirth

65

07.03.2019

Yakiai Nirigi

 Male

Inikngga

Died due to starvation and hyothermia

66

09.03.2019

Watelas Wandikbo

 Male

Kagayam

Died to unknown severe sickness

67

11.03.2019

Dereli Unie

Female

Yal

Died giving birth

68

11.03.2019

Diska Balingga

Female

Mapnduma

Died giving birth

69

12.03.2019

Ropi Gwijangge

 Female

Mugi

Died due to starvation in the forest

70

13.03.2019

Iretnde Tabuni

 Male

Dal

 Died in the forest

71

14.03.2019

Kerengsu Wasjangge

Female

Yal

Died giving birth

72

17.03.2019

Werasuet Nirigi

Male

Kroptak

Became sick and died in the forest

73

20.03.2019

Uniue Karunggu

Female

Yal

Died giving birth

74

24.03.2019

Yarpian Gwijange

 Male

Mapnduma

Died of  unknown sickness, symptoms were fever, diarrhea, coughing, and others

75

30.03.2019

Konik Kogoya’s daughter

Female

Mugi

died due to unknown sickness

76

N/A

Abinus Gwijangge

 Male

Mugi

Died in a refugee camp after getting sick

77

N/A

Demince Kurungga

Female

Mbulmuyalma

Died from a high fever after hiding in
the forest for a long time

78

N/A

Bugun Unue

Female

N/A

Died of starvation and hypothermia

79

N/A

Deswana Uburuangge

Female

Mapnduma

Died in a refugee camp in Timika

80

N/A

Raina Kogeya

Female

Mapnduma

Died of starvation and hypothermia

81

N/A

Baby of Ubigina Unue

Female

N/A

Died of starvation and hypothermia

82

N/A

Pirion Gwijangge

Male

Mbulmuyalma

died in Pelebaga Village, Jayawijaya regency

83

N/A

Mentus Kelnea

Male

Yigi

Suffered asthma as military attacked Misikndumu Village, he died of an Asthma attack during the attempt to flee the village

 

 

 

 

       
     
No
       
   
 
Date of death
Name
Age Gender Village/District of the incident Cause of death
1
04.12.2018
Kwemisik Gwi
40 years Female Yal Shot dead by Indonesian military (TNI)
       
   
 
   
2
   
 
 
 
04.12.2018
Kerry Gwijangge 30 years  Male Nirkuri
Shot dead by Indonesian military (TNI), shot hit the victim's mouth and exited at the back of the head
       
   
3
04.12.2018
Mianus Lokbere 18 years  Male Mbua
 Shot dead by Indonesian military (TNI), Shot dead, body was found in rotten condition
4
       
   
 
 
04.12.2018
Nison Umangge 18 years  Male Mbua
 Shot dead by Indonesian military (TNI) during air raid
5
   
 
 
 
05.12.2019
Rabu Kogoya
50 years Male Nirkuri Shot dead by Indonesian military (TNI), sustained shots in the chest and other parts of the body, family members discovered the body on 7 December - the heart, liver and brain had been removed, the victims tongue was cut split 
       
 
   
6
       
   
 
 
09.12.2018
Arlius Kogoya 39 years  Male Yigi
Died in his house because decided not to flee with his relatives, burnt alive as Indonesian military members set several traditional houses in Karunggame Village on fire
       
   
 
7
           
   
 
 
   
16.12.2018
Mentus Nimiangge
21 years  Male Mbulmuyalma
 was shot by Indonesian military (TNI) during operation 06.12.2019, bullet pierced victim's neck and entered at the back
       
   
8
18.12.2018 Pirando Gwijangge 18 years  Male Mapnduma Shot dead by Indonesian military (TNI)
       
   
 
   
9
       
   
19.12.2018
Bonias Kogoya
23 years  Male Mapnduma sustained bullet wound in the chest and the left thigh as he was standing on the airstrip and tried to escape approaching TNI forces
           
   
 
   
10
       
   
 
 
19.12.2018
Pdt. Geyimin Nirigi 83 years  Male Mapnduma
Allegedly shot dead and body subsequently burned by Indonesian military (TNI)
       
   
11
   
 
 
 
04.02.2019
Amos Kogoya  58 years Male Mugi
   
 
 
 
 soldiers burst into his house as he was praying with his wife beat Amos K. while interrogating him. He died from the wounds sustained during interrogation
       
   
12
       
 
 
   
07.03.2019
Ameri Nimiangge 30 years  Male Nikggakal
Shot dead by Indonesian military (TNI)
       
   
13
28.03.2019
Kansa Wandikbo 31 years Male Mugi Shot dead by Indonesian military (TNI)
       
   
14
N/A
Rocky Lani N/A Male Mapnduma was shot in the forehead
       
   
15
N/A Salina Gwijangge N/A Female Nirkuri Suffered severe burnings, body turned black after coming into contact with smoke, as military dropped explosives during air raid