Sorong, Jubi – Disbanding the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) will not solve problems in Papua, said a member of West Papua Legislative Council, Dominggus Sani.
“You can disband KNPB, but will it solve the problems in this land? Such action will motivate Papuans to create new organizations who continue to fight for their rights,” Sani told Jubi last week.
He said the army and police should refrain from making statements about disbanding the organization but instead find out the root cause of the problems in Papua.
To save Papuans from poverty, underdevelopment is not about to build a shop, road, hotel, division, or provide wide access for the immigrants to come and stay in this land but how Papuans are recognized, respected and rewarded on their land.
He urged the government of Indonesia to resolve the Papua issue and not just get rid of the smoke but did not extinguish the fire. “One of them is the history of Papua should be clarified in order to provide a good place to the public about the history,” he said.
He hoped the Indonesian government to seriously look at this issue in Papua, and do not accuse and suspect Papuans excessively. (Nees Makuba/Tina)
Dressed in traditional feathers and colourings, the young woman stood at a pro-West Papua meeting and spoke in poetic terms of her yearning for the freedom of Melanesians sharing the giant island of New Guinea.
It was university student Silu’wa Corrinah Dom, who penned her poem and read it to the audience of an estimated 500 at the meeting at Granville Motel on Friday.
The meeting was to signify the signing of a merger between three pro-West Papua groups.
Her words are:
MY CRY FOR FREEDOM OF WEST PAPUA
West Papua and East Papua. From the length and breadth of this country. It is our land, the home of bird of paradise. Let me voice our silent cry freedom for the world to hear.
My cry for freedom, nothing but my cry for freedom for the world to hear.
I am an eagle of the forest. I shall spread my wings and fly high to meet the rising morning star in the East.
I shall fly high with my father’s dream on the day of 01st July 1971. , Oh god ! Help me to tell my children of tomorrow. Oh yes! My father’s dream shall not fade away until thy kingdom come.
Papua! look to the East, Merderka! I can see three eagles soaring in the sky flying to the West, To see the birth of the saviour from the far East, just as Christ was born in the manger to save his souls,
Papua! We shall see the re-incarnation of the morning star in the East.
Our “PARTNERS WITH MELANESIANS” are crying for “HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION FOR WEST PAPUA PEOPLE ” and calling for “PNG UNION FOR FREE WEST PAPUA” I call for Melanesian Solidarity to stand UNITED and DIVIDED WE FALL!
The trinity is born today for the sufferings of West Papua, Oh yes! They are born today on a good Easter Friday. The three Eagles of the forest shall return to the west, and shall tell the world that Papua and New Guinea are uniting for Free West Papua.
Remember! On the fateful night before Christ died on the cross of Calvary to set his people from bondage of evil, He suffered great emotional stress, he had been abandoned by his friends and brothers. But in the East, we are Melanesians and so we shall not turn our back to our brothers in pain.
He suffered physical atrocious pain, and was tortured in the most horrendous ways. He carried his own cross adding to the unbearable agony. Oh lord! my God of mercy! Let Papua New Guineans, help carry the cross to freedom, lifting the weight so we can walk away from the pain to freedom. We are Melanesians to the marrow of our bones.
Sultan ! Rulers ! Politicians and traitors cannot do anything for us, How long shall they kill our brothers while we stand aside and look. Oh my Lord! It’s been 57 years since. They kill us mercilessly, They burn our houses and chase us, They make us refugee in our dense forest. They rape our mothers and sisters and cut open unborn babies in our mama’s womb.
I cry for the people of Melanesia to help carry the cross with our brothers and sisters of West Papua to freedom, Freedom of West Papua, I am not Javanese but pure Melanesian, I want to be free from Indonesia, Free in my land from Sorong to Samarai. For I am a daughter of the rising Morning Star that shines in the East and shall not set down in the west now and forever, One People! One Soul! One land.
Written and presented by Silu’wa Corrinah Dom. 03/04/2015, Granville Motel.Papua New Guinea.
Jayapura, Jubi – A member of the Papua Legislative Council said he was concerned that the 2015 local elections that will be conducted at the same time in several regencies in Papua could spark conflicts in society.
The deputy chairman of Commission I on governnance, politics, law and human rights, Orwan Tolli Wonne, said Papua was vulnerable to conflicts because democracy is not mature. “I’m worried there will be friction between communities, and the public will become victims,” Tolli Wonne said via phone to the Jubi last week.
“So I think the direct elections potentially create friction at the grassroots. In addition, the security forces will surely be overwhelmed, “he said.
While the head of Public Relations of Papua Police Commissioner (Pol) Patrige Renawarin said, elections will also make it difficult for the police to do security. “We definitely will find difficulties yet I am sure the police will adjust with the mechanism of election, “he added. (Arjuna Pademme)
Maternal and child mortality rates in Papua have fallen in recent years – Jubi/Victor Mambor
Jayapura, Jubi / Antara – Maternal and child mortality rates in Papua have fallen in recent years, Papua provincial health officer stated.
Secretary of the department of health Dr. Silvana Sumule said that based on data from the Ministry of Health in 2010 maternal and child mortality in Papua were approximately 587 per 100,000 live births. In 2014, the number went down to 448 cases per 100,000 live births, but it did not meet the target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which is 102 cases. “Lately, Papua health department continues to finalize the data of maternal and child mortality,” she said last week.
She further said when compared with 2010 data, there was a decrease, only it was slow. “Government target the rate of decline of maternal and child deaths should be at position 228 per 100 thousand live births in 2018 ,” she added.
We hoped all elements of society together and join hands in order to attempt to maternal mortality and child down. “We continue to work together so that the mortality rate of mothers and children in Papua continued to decline every year,” he said. (*)
Jayapura, Jubi / Antara – Archaeologists from the Archaeological Institute of Jayapura found two settlements and cult center dating back to the megalithic age around Srobu Hill area in Jayapura city, Papua.
Chairman of research team of the Institute for Archeology Erlin NJ Djami said the team has conducted an intensive survey in the area between Mount Srobu and Tiarnum.
“From the intensive survey, we found a relic of megalithic in the form of worship center as often called by the local people as shells hill,” he said last week.
Erlin said it assumed there are two large settlements and two centers of worship in Srobu hill.
“The findings that indicate megalithic age period are menhirs, stone table, stone porch stairs and former settlement,” he said.
He said the findings are not far from the sea level, is quite complete, and complex because there are some former houses.
“It is also found dakon stone and human bones that until now could not be ascertained whether the bones of local residents or former Japanese army,” she said again.
She added that based on the description of the locals, the area once used as a hiding area of former Japanese soldiers during World War II. (*)