Misbah Evacuates without Her Husband to Protect her Pregnancy

"I could only cry on the boat to Makassar. I was forced to leave my husband in Abepura to save my six-month-old fetus," explained Misbah.

Misbah telling her story after crossing to Makassar from Jayapura. (ACTNews/Mustafa Mathar)

ACTNews, MAKASSAR - A ship from Jayapura harbored at Makassar's Soekarno Hatta Port on Monday (10/1) at dawn. A gust of cold air greeted the passengers who descended from the ship to the passenger terminal.

Misbah gently strokes her stomach, hoping the fetus in her womb is not affected by her psychological condition. The journey from Abepura, Jayapura, to Makassar was enough to make her tired and traumatized.

Misbah came alone. The husband chose to stay, hoping that the situation will improve. "I could only cry on the boat to Makassar. I was forced to leave my husband in Abepura to save my six-month-old fetus," explained Misbah (36).

When the team greeted her, Misbah answered with a faint smile while mentioning the name and origin of the region. "I'm from Bima (Southeast Sulawesi)," she answered flatly.

The team at the post tried to cheer her up. When they started talking, occasionally Misbah and the volunteers started laughing and joking. Starting to relax, Misbah explained about her worries. "The important thing was to get out first. I have a child waiting in my hometown waiting for me anxiously," Misbah said softly.

Immediately, the ACT South Sulawesi team helped her to return to Bima, Southeast Sulawesi. She rushed to continue her journey from Sultan Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar to Bima on the same day at 12:30 p.m. Central Indonesia Standard Time. This was Misbah's first experience traveling by plane.

Insha Allah, ACT will continue to strive to help the evacuees that fled from Wamena conflict to return to their respective hometowns. []