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    The Story of West Java Tagana Finding His New Family in Papua


    BANDUNG CITY- "13 years I was in Tagana, this was the most memorable experience," said Ceceng Suryana, a member of the Disaster Preparedness Team (Tagana) of the West Java Province Social Service (Dinsos).

    The repatriation process of 71 residents of West Java (West Java) affected by the Wamena riots did not stop even though they had been repatriated to their respective regencies / cities.

    Behind the humanitarian activity, there are fragments that cannot be forgotten, including for Ceceng who is in charge of picking up West Java residents who are at the BTN Social Sentani refugee camp.

    The riots in Wamena City, Jayawijaya Regency, Papua Province did indeed leave bad memories for the residents of West Java who live there. In the aftermath of the conflict, 71 of the total 154 inhabitants of West Java-Wamena chose to return home.

    They tried to heal the 'wound' in the heart while erasing the dark memory by returning to their hometowns. At that time what was missing in their dictionary was 'happiness'.

    And, with his status as the Predecessor Team of the West Java Provincial Government (Pemdaprov), Ceceng felt how he was seen as a savior who gave happiness to the residents of West Java at the evacuation post.

    "Departing Thursday (3/10), arriving at Sentani on Friday (4/10) was welcomed by the Ngumbara Sundanese Society Forum and also the local Social Affairs Office," said Ceceng.

    "We were directed to a place of refuge for introductions. When it arrived, it was extraordinary. Residents (Jabar) really felt cared for. Until someone cried (because) was considered a citizen of West Java," he added.

    "I personally feel proud to be trusted by the provincial government through Social Affairs to (assignment) to Papua. Feeling emotional and proud to be able to provide a happiness (for residents of West Java)," said Ceceng.

    During their time in refugee camps, Ceceng, who was joined in Tagana since 2006, claimed to get a new family. One of them is Agus Iriyawan, a refugee from Kab. Majalengka who is also a member of the Ngumbara Sundanese Society in Wamena.

    The two men also found a close kinship since meeting at the refugee camp. From registering residents to eating together, from leaving Papua to tracing the Land of Pasundan and being welcomed at the Pakuan Building, all were acted together by the 'new family'.

    "Kang Agus said, he was proud to be able to West Java and was recognized (as a citizen of West Java). Then in the Pakuan Building, he said as if the problem did not exist, the problem was forgotten. So they really needed entertainment," said Ceceng.

    Aside from listing West Java residents in refugee camps, Ceceng also works in Wamena, which is approximately 45 minutes by air from Sentani.

    In the mountainous region of Papua, the chaotic and tense condition of the city was clearly reflected in his mind. Even so, Ceceng held fast to its mission as the Peace Pioneer Team (TPP).

    "When our team drove there (Wamena), they were still treated by one person being hacked. But on the second day, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Culture reopened the school, we took part in cleaning there," said Ceceng.

    "At night there was a person who broke the glass. But thank God, the authorities always accompanied Wamena. The TNI-Polri were always on guard. The point was extraordinary," Ceceng exclaimed.

    Of course, Ceceng hopes that the riots in Wamena can be forgotten by West Java residents and local residents in the hope of upholding the integrity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI). "We wake Wamena up," he said.

    While at the evacuation center, not only the new families obtained by Ceceng. The atmosphere of custody and custody of siling wawangi is the 'fragrance' that exploded there.

    "And the atmosphere in the refugee camp, there is a value of intimacy. Many local residents also want to keep the Homeland remain strong. That is the greatest wisdom," said Ceceng.

    "Jabar residents in particular like finding a new family. For me personally this is a new experience because social disasters are far different than natural disasters," he added.

    According to Ceceng, the difficulty in dealing with social disasters such as the return of West Java residents from Papua is a matter of data collection.

    "Because when collecting data, we have to know whether this is indeed a survivor. Besides that those who want to go home and are vulnerable to being discharged, are still in the area of ??danger. The ones above (Wamena) are difficult to collect," said Ceceng.

    "In addition, if natural disasters we know psychosocial or how to assist them. For social disasters, the approach is different because they (affected people) are more willing to eliminate trauma and forget what has been witnessed," he said.

    One thing is certain, Ceceng will never forget a new family, new experiences, and new knowledge he gained after serving in Papua. All of these become valuable souvenirs that will always be etched in the life of Ceceng.

    "Indeed, this is memorable. This is the first time the wisdom has been so great. Usually (handling) small riots, this is the national level. So it is an extraordinary experience," he said.

    "I am alone in Tagana Since 2006, this (Wamena) was the most memorable. Anyway, it was a new experience for me in handling social disasters. And, of course I'm proud, "closed Ceceng.

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