Subject: AN: Refugee children want schools in resettlement areas

EX-E TIMORESE REFUGEES' CHILDREN WANT SCHOOLS IN RESETTLEMENT AREAS

January 7, 2004 9:25pm Antara

Atambua, E Nusa Tenggara, Jan 7 (ANTARA) - Children of former East Timorese refugees living in resettlement sites in Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province expect the government to provide them schools within or near their neighborhoods.

The children's expectation was echoed by chief of the Belu district military command, Lt Col Ganip Warsito, here Tuesday.

He said the 12 resettlement sites the Indonesian government had built for the former refugees are relatively far from schools.

The resettlement areas can accommodate a total of 1,050 families, consisting of about 5,636 people.

The East Timorese refugees and their children fled to East Nusa Tenggara to escape deadly rampages in East Timor, which broke out shortly after the territory voted to secede from Indonesia in a United Nations-sponsored ballot in August 1999.

They have refused to return to East Timor, which has become an independent state, and opted to become Indonesian citizens.

(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)


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