Sunday, February 24, 2019

1) Social Affairs Ministry deploys counsellors to Papua after conflict

2) World Church Council visit expected to boost suffering Papuans

1) Social Affairs Ministry deploys counsellors to Papua after conflict
News Desk The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 23, 2019   /   01:48 pm
Children in Jayawijaya regency, Papua, who have been traumatized after fleeing a recent armed conflict between the Indonesian Army and a rebel group in Nduga regency, are receiving social and psychological assistance from the central government, a senior official at the Social Affairs Ministry confirmed on Saturday.
Social Security and Protection Director General Harry Hikmat said that a psychology counseling team had arrived at the camp for the displaced people.
“Our team is already at the camp. We have also sent some supplies and logistics to the location,” he said, as quoted by state news agency Antara.
Harry said the ministry was currently providing counseling to 210 children at the Sinakma Church through recreational activities and sports.
He added that the counsellors were also listening to the local school teachers’ concerns and offering suggestions and recommendations, particularly in relation to the upcoming national exam.
An armed rebel group is believed to have been responsible for the killing of dozens of construction workers on Dec. 1, 2018, in Nduga regency, prompting the security authorities to launch a military crackdown to hunt down the suspected perpetrators. (das/swd)

2) World Church Council visit expected to boost suffering Papuans

Published 2 hours ago on 24 February 2019 
By pr9c6tr3_juben

Jayapura, Jubi – The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) appreciates the visit of the World Church Council in Papua.
“ULMWP appreciated the visit of the delegation of the World Church Council in West Papua,” said Markus Haluk to Jubi reporter on Monday (18/02/2019) in Waena, Jayapura City.
Meanwhile, the Rev. Benny Giay, the Chair of Papua Gospel Church Synod (KINGMI) said the church has moral obligations and burdens in the process of resolving the Papuan problem.
“It’s part of the church’s political sins of in Papua in the past, and now it’s duty is to recover it,” said Giay during a discussion on a book “Pastoral Letters” held at P3W Building, Padang Bulan, Jayapura City, some time ago.
Further, he exemplified two cases as the past political sins of the church. “It contributed to give away Papua to the Republic of Indonesia,” Giay said. After that, he continued, the church also supports the killing of Papuans. Thousands of people died with the approval of the church.
” In 1977 to 1978, with the Paniai regent and Nabire Military Command to hold a military operation in Jila and Bela. Many congregations of KINGMI were killed at that time,” he wrote. Therefore, according to him, the churches must talk about the issue of Papua for the sake of upholding human values. (*)
Reporter: Benny Mawel
Editor: Pipit Maizier


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