Sunday, August 12, 2018

1) Gold mine in Korowai closed following protests

2) Eight die in Papua plane crash, teen boy survives 
3) Papuan Film Festival pictures the voiceless
1) Gold mine in Korowai closed following protests
Nethy Dharma Somba
Jayapura | Sun, August 12, 2018 | 03:48 pm

Papuan authorities have closed a gold mine in Korowai in the southern part of Papua,  following uproar among residents who protested the hiring of newcomers over local tribe members.
The mine was closed on Friday by Papua Governor Soedarmo, Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar and Cendrawasih Military Commander Maj. Gen. George E. Supit by sealing two helicopters at Tanah Merah airport in Boven Digoel regency.
The helicopters were said to be used to transport workers to the mining site, which is located close to where the Korowai tribe lives.
Some 3,000 miners reportedly work at the mine.
“We closed the mining site by closing access to the location. Two helicopters at Tanah Merah airport are sealed, as well as a helicopter at Nop Goliat Dekai in Yahukimo regency. Those helicopters were being used to transport miners and equipment to the mining site,” Papua Energy and Mineral Resources Agency (ESDM) acting head Fredi Boray said on Sunday.
He added that authorities would also close access to the mine’s waterway.
Separately, Papua Councillor John Jose Gobay said the mine should be managed by the local residents of Korowai, as stipulated in the 2014 law on local administrations.
He urged the Papua governor to propose to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry to hand over the mining site to the local tribe. (vny)
2) Eight die in Papua plane crash, teen boy survives 
Jayapura | Sun, August 12, 2018 | 01:05 pm
Nethy Dharma Somba
The Jakarta Post
A plane crashed in the mountainous Gunung Menuk area in Pegunungan Bintang regency, Papua, on Saturday, killing eight people on board, including the pilot and co-pilot, while a young boy survived.
“The survivor, identified as J, 12, has been evacuated from the crash site and taken to [a hospital in] Oksibil [district] to receive treatment for his broken right hand,” Pegunungan Bintang Police chief Adj. Comr. Michael Mumbunan said on Sunday, adding that the victim’s bodies were also being transported to Oksibil.
The plane, operated by PT Martha Buana Abadi, was found on Sunday at 6:15 a.m. local time, according to Jayapura Search and Rescue Agency spokesman Yadianto.
The plane departed from Tanah Merah airport in Boven Digul on Saturday at 1:42 p.m.and was scheduled to arrive at Oksibil airport at 2:20 p.m.
“It took eight hours [for search and rescue personnel] to reach the crash site, comprising a two hours’ drive and a six-hour trek through Kampung Okatem to Gunung Menuk,” Yadianto said.

3) Papuan Film Festival pictures the voiceless

Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura City, Tuesday, 7 August 2018, visitors crowded in Lokabudaya Expo Museum Waena, Heram sub-district to attend the Papua Film Festival held by a film community Papuan Voice for three days from 7 to 9 August 2018.
A festival participant Mecky Yeimo said the films screened in the festival provide a lot of information about the land disputes between native landowners and investors. “I am happy because as Papuans we can get a lot of information about the deprivation of the rights of indigenous people in Papua,” he said.
Further, he said Papuans are commonly known for their culture of oral tradition, and the information in the films becomes an interesting issue to discuss in the future.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Pusaka Foundation Frangky Samperante, who met Jubi at the same place, said FFP is a forum where people can find out the facts that occurred in many areas in Papua. “Films can be the basis for people to make a judgment based on the information they see and hear,” said Samperante.
Furthermore, he considered this film community could become an agent for Papuans to voice their aspirations and to express their expressions. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo
Editor: Pipit Maizier

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