PALU, Indonesia, Oct. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Indonesian Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohana Yembise, made a visit and had a direct dialogue with earthquake and tsunami survivors yesterday (Oct. 9). Deep grief saw the condition of the hammer community, especially the condition of women and children after this earthquake. “I am very saddened by the disaster that has hit us today, but we must not be discouraged, we still have to struggle to maintain our lives in the future,” Minister Yohana said, strengthening survivors.
Indonesian Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohana Yembise, when visiting the children of Al Kautsar Foundation in Palu, yesterday.
She also stressed that the community must remain vigilant of the potential for sexual violence that can occur to women and children. “In a situation after a natural disaster like this, indeed we are struggling with various limitations, but all women and children here must be vigilant to avoid violence that might occur. Don’t be afraid to report to those who protect here,” she said.
In addition to sexual violence, the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (Kemen PPPA) also appealed to all elements of the community involved in the recovery process of the community and the Palu & Donggala area to protect women and children from the threat of trafficking or illegal adoption. “Many children are separated from their parents, I ask all parties involved to record and try to find their families, at least their extended families, as these children should not be taken by irresponsible parties,” Yohana concluded.
The Ministry of PPPA will also seek female and child friendly posts that are expected to be useful to prevent and reduce the potential for physical, psychological and sexual violence, as well as trafficking in women and children. Minister Yohana also expressed his gratitude to the Central Sulawesi Provincial PPPA Office for assisting in coordination, the Children’s Forum, volunteer psychologists who have helped in the process of Recreational Therapy to refugees and all parties who have helped reduce the burden on the survivors.
The Al Kautsar and Petobo Foundations also joined the visit, storytellers and singers were invited by the Ministry to entertain children in hopes of reducing their sadness and anxiety. In addition, Kemen PPPA also provides a number of specific assistance for women and children such as baby equipment, story books, crayons, sanitary napkins, masks and more. Previously, similar assistance had also been given to refugees in the city of Makassar.
Source: Indonesian Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (Kemen PPPA)