|West Timor||JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE REMAINS AMIDST VIOLENCE|
The staff of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) have decided to remain amidst the escalating paramilitary violence in Indonesian West Timor, although they are keeping open the option to transfer to the comparative safety of East Timor.|
At present JRS staff in Atambua, where three foreign UN staff members were killed last week, are remaining in a military office. Other JRS volunteers are in Kupang where, observers say, pro-Indonesia militia are heading, bent on revenge for the death of their leader Olivio Moruk.
In West Timor there are about 20 JRS volunteers, religious and lay, all Indonesian nationals.
Meanwhile an Indonesian bishop, reflecting on last week's attack on the UN compound, warned that the Catholic Church might be the next target of militia groups.
"The situation is unruly and threatening and it might worsen if people were afraid of asking help from humanitarian agencies. The next target might be the Church," Bishop Anton Pain-Ratu of Atambua, West Timor said.
|11 Sep 00|