Indonesia prohibits the presence of foreign aid workers in the tsunami zone

A woman holds a stuffed rabbit toy after it was found at her destroyed home where she said she had lost her three children, in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 7, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge Silva TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The Indonesian authorities have ordered on Tuesday that all foreign humanitarian workers who are in the area affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Celebes should abandon it and have warned international NGOs that they want to help that they must have the necessary permits to do so. and work with local organizations. The National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) has published a notice with the “regulations for international NGOs that want to offer assistance in Central Celebes”, where the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami of September 28 have already left at least 1,948 dead, according to the last balance. As the organization has warned in a message posted on its Twitter account, “foreign NGOs are not authorized to go directly to the field” but must carry out “all their activities in collaboration with local partners.” Those who are already in the affected area and have already offered help or are willing to do so “have to register their assistance with the relevant ministries or agencies” and receive authorization to carry out this work with local partners, said the BNPB . “Foreign citizens who are working with foreign NGOs are not authorized to carry out any activity in the places affected by the disasters,” the agency warned, underlining that “foreign NGOs that have deployed their foreign personnel are advised to withdraw it. immediately”. According to the BNPB, “it is necessary to monitor foreign volunteers”. Finally, he clarified, “foreign NGOs that want to offer help can do so through the Indonesian Red Cross, with the guidelines of the respective ministries or agencies or local partners.” As Reuters recalls, Indonesia has traditionally been reluctant to be considered dependent on foreign aid when it comes to dealing with natural disasters and the government has already rejected foreign aid after the earthquakes that shook the island in summer of Lombok. However, he had accepted such help after the tragedy in Celebes.

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