Subject: Indonesian Govt to hand over more houses for former East Timor refugees

Sunday, January 31, 2010 12:07 AM

Govt to hand over more houses for former East Timor refugees

The Jakarta Post | Sat, 01/30/2010 9:29 AM | National

Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al-Jufri will officially hand over an additional 1,000 houses for former East Timor refugees in Kupang and Belu regencies in East Nusa Tenggara on Monday.

East Nusa Tenggara's head of Social Agency told tempointeraktif.com Saturday the minister and Military Chief Gen. Djoko Santoso were expected to arrive in the province on Sunday and to leave for Atambua, Belu, for the ceremony.

The houses were constructed through a cooperation between the ministry and the military last year.

Previously the government had handed over a total of 7,000 houses for the former refugees.

Tens of thousands people are reportedly still living in emergency barracks, and thousands of families still have no access to government assistance after the independence of East Timor in the 1999 referendum.


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