Saturday, November 22, 2014

1) Pastor Nato Gobay : AIDS Affects 45 Clans of Meepago

2) Government Must Seriously Address Educational Problems in Papua
3) Papuan Students Reject Transmigration
4)  Residents React to Youtefa Market Relocation Plan
5) Keerom Library to Face Difficulty to Serve in Border Region
6) UP2KP : Second Phase of KPS Soon to be Distributed
7) UP2KP Will Establish Complaint Posts in Five Regions

8) West Papua rebel General reaches out for support in ousting Indonesian forces from his home island


1) Pastor Nato Gobay : AIDS Affects 45 Clans of Meepago

Nabire, Jubi – Pastor Nato Gobay said HIV/AIDS has taken the lives of more than 2,000 or 3,000 Papuans since 1998. Now it is already spreading, particularly in Nabire and is  a cause for concern.
“We never had an idea it would come to Papua, but it’s grown among us and it has taken lives in Papua, especially those who live in the Meepago region (Nabire, Paniai, Intan Jaya, Dogiyai, Deiyai and Mimika),” Gobay said during a conference on HIV/AIDS and Alcohol Elimination in Nabire, Papua on Monday (17/11).
He said  AIDS has been the integral part of the human’s life, as well as the human’s enemy. Gradually, it began to digest the human flesh in Meepago region.
He further said the grand conference is aimed to fight against the alcohol and to prevent and eliminate AIDS dissemination.
“Prevention is the best way and most valuable. If we kept tolerate the disease, the innocent humans in this region would be gone. I dare to say if Papuans ignore the alcohol and AIDS; soon or later they would be gone. Up to day, HIV/AIDS has destroyed more than 45 clans of Meepago region. The rest also might be destroyed for the same reason ,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Nabire Regent Isaias Douw said in community, the HIV/AIDS has developed to the extreme point. The number of patients always increases from time to time.
“If we refer to this phenomenon, the HIV/AIDS patients in Papua would be higher that it was reported in the database. And Meepago is in the third rank after Jayapura Regency,” said Douw.
He also said this situation has became the serious threat for Meepago community, especially young generation. The uncontrolled distribution of alcohol has caused the social problems among community, such as theft, disputes, rape, and free sex that could possibly become the entrance of the HIV/AIDS transmission.
“Nabire is the gate of six other regencies. I ask to all of us to return to the church and the government. Let’s resolve this problem together. Never leave them alone, let’s together. We could not handle it alone because our budget allocation for each regency is limited,” he said. (Alexander Loen/rom)

2) Government Must Seriously Address Educational Problems in Papua

Jayapura, Jubi – A member of the Papuan Legislative Council, Nathan Pahabol, said  the future of native Papuans is at stake unless the government address educational problems.
“All the regents in Papua are indigenous. They certainly know a solution to overcome the problems of education in the region,” Pahabol told Jubi on Wednesday evening (19/11).
He said education in Yakuhimo is very worrying. There are a total of 51 districts there but there is hardly a teacher. As a result, many school-age children are still illiterate.
According to the Department of Education of Papua, about 600,000 Papuans are illiterate, but the number could be higher.
“There should be a control function of the each head region to the district and village levels. Only pay the salaries for teachers who works and do not transfer their salary to the bank. Society also needs to control. Teachers must have a heart to serve in Papua. Do not just get the right but do not do their duties, ” he added.
He said it is time for the local government of Papua to focus on basic education. “We cannot have the doctorate without good basic education,” he said.
Earlier, the Governor of Papua Lukas Enembe, said one of the major problems in Papua is the low teacher qualifications.
Governor asked all parties to work hard and cooperate with various educational institutions such as University of Cenderawasih and Colleges to address that problem. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)


3) Papuan Students Reject Transmigration

                                                              Students hold protest on transmigration issue (Jubi)

Jayapura, Jubi – Hundreds of Papuan students held a protest to reject the transmigration program in Papua. They voiced their opposition to the program to the  Papua Leigslative Council  on Monday (17/11).
The students led by Pontius Mogodaman handed out leaftets that read: ‘Transmigration is a Human Right Violation’ and ‘Papuans Reject Transmigration’.
The protesters were students from some universities in Jayapura City, including Cenderawih University (UNCEN) and Umel Mandiri School of Law (STIH) .
The STIH Umel Mandiri representative, Yohanes Magai said transmigration would marginalize the indigenous Papua. He said the Papuan students asked the Papua’s Parliament to talk about the problem of population in the inaugural plenary session. “There must be a Special Regional Law (Perdasus) to control the outsiders come to Papua. Those who transfer to Papua are smart. They are not stupid. We ask the Papua’s Parliament to reject this program. If it happened, the Papuans would be marginalized. We are the owner of this land,” said Magai.
The Uncen representative Arius Yahuli similarly said the students didn’t ask for Otsus Plus, they only reject the transmigration program in Papua. They also asked the government and Papua’s Parliament to stop the regions split.
Papua’s councilors including Yunus Wonda, Eduard Kaize, Emus Gwijangge, Yanni, Nason Utti and Yokoba Lokbere met the students during the protest. The Acting Deputy Chairman Eduar Kaize promised to the students to follow up their demand. “We will officially publish the process. I was just like you, go to the street for protest,” said Kaize.
Meanwhile other councilor Yunus Wonda said the struggle of Papuans is the struggle of parliament. They knew exactly what was happened in Papua. The truth would never been covered. “We will send a letter to the Central Government to dismiss the transmigration program in Papua. We need a support from the people of Papua because we have been elected to represent the people of Papua,” he said.
The students went away peacefully from the parliament’s office after submitting their statement. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

4) Residents React to Youtefa Market Relocation Plan

Jayapura, Jubi – The Municipal Government’s plan to relocate the Youtefa Traditional Market prompted reactions from  residents during a public consultation held in the Abepura Subdistrict Office on Monday (17/11).
Numbay youth leader, Rudi Mebri asked the related office to review the social, environmental and economic impact towards the residents before and after the market relocation. “BLH Kota Jayapura (Municipal Environment Body) must seriously concern about the environmental impact; that Youtefa Bay was the house for everyone. But now it turned to be a mourning house for three villages. It happened after the Youteva Traditional Market was built,” Rudi Mebri said.
Meanwhile the Tobati Injros Customary Council Chief Luther Drunyi said the government should have a close relationship with the customary council, therefore if there’s a problem, the government could consult the customary leader. “We are ready to accept the development but the customary community must be involved,” he said. Meanwhile a resident Ondi Kareth said about the indigenous Papuans’ involvement in the market construction project. “They must be getting involved. Not because of discipline, they are ignored. They must be getting involved and coached. Don’t let anyone takes their right,” Kareth said.
Meanwhile, the Head of Municipal Trading and Industry Office Robert L.N. Awi said many factors have triggered the market reallocation, including the topography problem that has harmed the traders and government.
“The feasible study reported the current location has not been feasible for the market because it has two rivers to contribute in the flooding when the density of rain was very high,” Awi
Meanwhile the Head of Municpal BLH, Ketty Keilola said the public consultation is the follow up action to collect the public aspiration related to the initial plan to reallocate the Youtefa Market by the Municipal Cooperation, Trading and Industry Office.
“There would be an equal partnership’s opinions come from the community representatives, included customary, government, social and environmental representatives,” Keilola said.
As reported earlier, the Jayapura Municipality Government was planning to reallocate the Youtefa Market. The new location is located near the former location, precisely in front of ‘lapangan tembak’ near the Budha Vihara. The market construction would be started in January 2015 and would be completed for about two years. If everything goes well, the reallocation would be held in 2017. (Sindung Sukoco/rom)


5) Keerom Library to Face Difficulty to Serve in Border Region

Jayapura, Jubi – The mobile library service in the border are has been unable to operate fully due to a lack of access and transportation, the head of Keerom Regional Library, Yuliana Anderi Ratna, said on Tuesday (18/11).
Officials at the Library and Archives Office are working to overcome these challenges by working with school libraries in the border area, she said.
“We have not been able to reach the border. Our attention is more focused on schools that exist in the region, for example, high school, junior high, and elementary. The most distant is Web district. We have to rent a vehicle at an expensive price to the border,” Anderi said.
Every year, the local library should have a minimum of three times to the border area. However, due to transportation constraints, it comes only once a year to the area, she said.
“I have told this problems to the head of the Regional Library and Archives of Papua. So far, we have the amount of various books ,” she added.
Children’s interest in the border region is still minimal that we need to make a breakthrough so that children can be motivated to read. The Department of Education and the local, regional library of Keerom open library in the border region.
“The teachers are managing the library. We drop the books there such as general books, curriculum books and Papuan storybooks. Many of us have prepared, “she said.
While the head of regional library and Archives Papua, Ani Rumbiak, hoped   Keerom Library officers would not be discouraged to work for the kids in the border region.
“We hope they continue to work with all the limitations. We will try to help them as much as possible, ” Ani Rumbiak said. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)


6) UP2KP : Second Phase of KPS Soon to be Distributed

Jayapura, Jubi – The executive director of the Acceleration of Development Agency for Health in Papua (UP2KP), Esau Rumbiak, said the second phase of Papua Health Card (KPS) distribution will be conducted this week.
“At this stage, we will distribute the KPS in 10 regencies in Papua,” Rumbiak told Jubi in Abepura, Jayapura, Papua on Monday (17/11).
UP2KP would supervise and monitor the use and disbursement of the allocated 15 percent of the special autonomy funds in the health sector. he said.
UP2KP would also review the health centers and see immunization services in some districts directly.
“It is true that there are some regencies in the regencies do not conduct the immunization program,” Rumbiak responded to the question of poor immunization programs held in several areas in Papua.
The ten regencies that will receive KPS phase II are Intan Jaya, Lanny Jaya, Mappi, Central Mamberamo, Tolikara, Yalimo, Asmat, Nduga , Puncak Jaya, and Boven Dogoel.
In the same place, UP2KP staff, Darwin Rumbiak stated this KPS program is aimed for the sake of the Papuan people healthy in the future. (Aprila Wayar/ Tina)


7) UP2KP Will Establish Complaint Posts in Five Regions

Jayapura, Jubi – The executive director of the Acceleration of Development Agency for Health in Papua (UP2KP), Esau Rumbiak, said it will set up complaint posts in five regions in the province of Papua.
“If nothing changes, the team will go down to the five regions on Wednesday (19/11) to set up a complaint posts,” Rumbiak told Jubi, in Abepura, Jayapura on Monday (17/11).
He further added that UP2KP was established is to accommodate health issues arising from the bureaucracy, health centers and state hospitals. Many Papuans still have to pay for healthcare in the pharmacy and there have been reports of “extortion” that occur in hospitals and health centers, as well as the patient referral system
“With the resources of health professionals, UP2KP attempt to make breakthroughs in order to improve health services ,” Rumbiak said again.
Therefore, UP2KP encouraged to set up complaint posts in order to accommodate public complaints in various state hospitals and expected will contribute to the improvement of public services.
Location of complaint post would be Jayapur state hospital a (Regional Mamta), Abepura, Jayapura City hospital , RSU Yowari Jayapura regency , RSU Kwaingga Keerom, Merauke state hospital , Biak state hospital Numfor, Jayawijaya Hospital, RSU Nabire, and the Mimika Hospital.
Ivan, a resident said that he was pleased to hear about the program “We hope that the public will have direct access to control public services in the health sector,” Ivan said to the Jubi, in Padang Bulan on Monday (17/11). (Aprila Wayar/ Tina)


8) West Papua rebel General reaches out for support in ousting Indonesian forces from his home island

(Casper, Wyo.) – Wyoming is not a likely place to garner support for a conflict that has been running for over 50 years, but for the commander of West Papua indigenous forces, Wyoming is a great jumping off point.
Thirty-four-year-old General John Anari of the West Papua Liberation Army and chairman of the West Papua Liberation organization came to the United 
States and Wyoming to seek aid in ousting Indonesian forces from his country. With help from Wyoming’s own self-described Soldier of Fortune, Thomas Bleming, General Anari hopes to educate the US in what he describes as genocide and enslavement of his people.
“General Anari is exploring all options, but he is not going to wait forever,” said Bleming. “The revolution is going to march forward; it is going to be victorious in the end.”
With the help of Bleming and the United Nations data experts, General Anari has been able to establish an office within the UN for the purpose of expanding education of the West Papuan struggle against Indonesia. The goal of all of their efforts is to create a sovereign West Papua, a place where the indigenous people can live and work without the threat of kidnapping or death, he said.
“They don’t like to separate the island, my people in West Papua, they hope to be one nation,” said General Anari. “Today we fight and we fight for West Papua only.”
General Anari will be speaking with representatives in the Governor’s office and media organizations throughout the country.

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