Friday, July 27, 2018

1) MSG no place for West Papua talks - director general

2) Asmat People: Portraits of Poverty in Indonesia’s Papua Region
3) Papua Coffee Festival 2018 will be held in August

1) MSG no place for West Papua talks - director general

2:15 pm today 

Melanesian Spearhead Group director general Amena Yauvoli says political discussions about West Papua don't belong in the organisation.
Mr Yauvoli told the Fiji Times human rights issues relating to West Papua should be dealt with by international organisations.
Speaking during a working group meeting in Nadi on Thursday, he said the MSG's common enemy is crime and politics should be set aside.
Earlier this week Vanuatu Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu said the MSG was failing because of a lack of political engagement.

2) Asmat People: Portraits of Poverty in Indonesia’s Papua Region
Ryu Zaki and Keisyah Aprilia 
 Agats, Indonesia, and Jakarta 

Despite visits by President Joko Widodo to the country’s poorest region, Asmat children in Tomor village still suffer from malnutrition and lack of access to education, July 22, 2018. [Ryu Zaki/BenarNews]

The village of Tomor, where rivers weave like snakes through thick forest, is so remote that its 500 residents have no regular access to education and health services supplied by the government.
A BenarNews team used a speedboat to visit Tomor, one of the far-flung villages of Asmat, a regency in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua, where health officials said 790 children were stricken with malnutrition and a measles outbreak in January, killing at least 72 of them.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ordered medical teams and military paramedics to deliver supplies and medicine to remote villages on Jan. 15, after news spread about the measles outbreak. About three weeks later, the health ministry declared that the health crisis was under control.
Papua, home to one of the world’s biggest copper and gold mines, is one of the nation’s poorest regions and is where a low-level armed separatist movement has simmered for decades. Its adult literacy rate is the lowest among all of Indonesia’s provinces.
Papua’s Asmat people used to spend months in the forest to find food, historians said, but cultural changes began taking place in the 1950s when Christian missionaries arrived, dramatically changing the diet of the semi-nomadic tribes.
Donatus, a resident who uses only one name, told BenarNews that his three children had died from measles and malnutrition. They did not receive medical treatment, he said.
“We have big hopes that government would give us closer attention,” Donatus, 42, said.
“Otherwise, we just have to accept our fate.”

3) Papua Coffee Festival 2018 will be held in August


Jayapura, Jubi – Entrepreneurs, communities, farmers and coffee lovers from various regions are invited to participate in Papua Coffee Festival 2018 which will conduct in Jayapura City from 3 to 4 August 2018.
“We will present Arabica coffee of Wamena, Moenamani coffee of Nabire, Pegunungan Bintang coffee and Robusta coffee of Yapen Islands,” explained the Head of Economic Development Team of Bank of Indonesia Papua Representative Office, Adi Purwantoro in Jayapura City on Tuesday (24/7 / 2018).

Meanwhile, the Assistant Economic Development Team of Bank Indonesia Papua Representative Office, Galih Budi Utomo, said Bank Indonesia collaborate with the provincial government, banks, coffee community, and entrepreneurs in this event.
“We hope the festival would not only about celebration but to boost the growth of coffee business in Papua,” said Galih. (*)
Reporter: Sindung Sukoco
Editor: Pipit Maizier

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