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Indonesia: Measles and chicken pox kill dozens of children | News from Indonesia



It is feared that the death toll from a measles outbreak in the remote Indonesian province of Papua is much higher than previously reported.

Official figures say that 68 children have died, but church leaders say the actual number could be in the hundreds.

Children in the remote province also suffer from malnutrition and there has also been an outbreak of chickenpox.

The government has launched an operation to help affected children, but some say it is too little, too late.

El Paso Vaessen of Al Jazeera reports from Agats, province of Papua.


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