1) Papuan Muslims Celebrate Eid With Stone Burning Festival
TEMPO.CO, Jayapura - Muslim community in Wamena, North Jayapura District, Papua, held an age old Papuan stone burning (bakar batu) festival to celebrate Eid al-Adha.
"Our tradition is bakar batu, both during last Eid ul-Fitri. This practice is not new, we conduct it every year,” said Kahar Yalipele, the local Muslim community leader, in Jayapura on Thursday, September 24.
Bakar batu is part of tradition of the Papuan people. It is a ritual of cooking together, started by burning stones until it simmers.
Red hot stones then laid in a hole and covered with foliage and tubers and meat on it. The pile of meat and tuber will then be covered again with smoldering rocks and foliage.
Kahar explained, Papuans are generally used to burn pig but the Muslim community replace it with chicken.
He also explained that this year's Eid ul-Adha, the Jayapura Municipal Government donated a cow to Paradise Asso Mushalla, their place of worship.
"We will distribute these sacrificial animals to the those in need,” he said.
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4) Strong quake hits Papua, Indonesia
A strong quake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale jolted West Papua and eastern most parts of Indonesia on Thursday, but it did not have the potential to create a tsunami,
the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said here.
The quake struck at 22:53 p.m. (local time) with epicentre at 31 km northeast of Sorong town and with a depth at 10 km under the sea, an official of the agency told Xinhua over phone.
The USGS reported the quake was of 6.6 magnitude.
Indonesia is prone to quakes as it sits on a vulnerable quake-endemic zone called “the Pacific Ring of Fire".
5) PNG-Indonesia Border: Drug Smuggling Gateway
by Juanita Nonwo – EM TV Online
There is a need for tighter security measures to be undertaken on the Papua New Guinea/Indonesian border.
This concern was made after frequent illegal border crossings have become an issue, with some perpetrators caught involved in drug smuggling.
Security personnel along the border have arrested people attempting to cross illegally while in possession of marijuana.
"The lack of available personnel and the vast Papuan territory pose challenges in preventing the entry of drugs into the region, especially from the border," Head of the National Narcotics Agency of Papua, Brigadier General Sukirman, stated in Jayapura on Thursday.
The two countries share both land and sea borders and Brigadier General Sukirman stated that those were the gateway for drug smuggling into Indonesia.
According to the Brigadier General, smugglers often carry out their transactions at sea or through an alternative road known as ‘jalan tikus’.
"Abepantai, Hamadi, and Dok IX are the locations where they shore their boats," he said.
The need to crack down on these illegal activities has resulted in the agency, in cooperation with the respective institutions and law enforcers, executing more preventative measures to contain drug smuggling along the border.
The National Narcotics Agency of Papua also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indonesian Military and the National Police on the prevention of drug smuggling.
An additional 11 personnel have been deployed in the easternmost region of Indonesia to intensify their operations; whose task is to map the entry gates used for drug smuggling and the areas where the drugs are smuggled in.