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The Head of Manokwari Search and Rescue Office, George. M Randang, along with two Rescue teams in preparation to pick up the BBTNTC survey team and residents trapped on Wairundi Island – Jubi / PR Manokwari SAR

Manokwari, Jubi – A survey team consisted of seven officers of the Cenderawasih Bay National Park (BBTNTC) and three locals in Manokwari reportedly trapped in Wairundi Island of Teluk Wondama Regency, about 59 kilometres from Manokwari.
A resident of Tamanria Manokwari Yani reported this incident to the Manowari Search and Rescue Office on Friday (26/10/2018) at around 11:10 Papua time. A member of survey team Donatus made contact with her to inform their situation. Based on this report, George M. Randang, the Head of Manokwari Search and Rescue Office, promptly sent a Rescue Carrier and a Rescue Car to the scene after ten minutes (11:20 WP).
“They were trapped because of bad weather. Due to storms and high waves, they could not sail while their food supplies were limited,” explained Randang.
The names of the BBTNTC officers confirmed by the Public Relations of the Manokwari Search and Rescue Office are the Survey Coordinator Syahirudin (male, 36 years old), Topo Budinarko (male, 38 years old), Donatus Aujani (male, 34 years old), Titus Charles (Male, 37 years old), Mesak Andarek (male, 52 years old), Anto (male, 40 years old), and Gerardus (male, 40 years old). Meanwhile, three locals are Yakonias (male, 38 years old), Bastian Sikun (male, 37 years old) and Otto Eseren (male, 40 years old).
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Antara (27/10/2018) reported that the rescue team successfully evacuated them and they arrived safely in Manokwari on Saturday (27/10/2018).
The Head of the Manokwari Search and Rescue Office said the rescue operation involving 22 personnel was carried out on Saturday morning using SS Kumbakarna.
“This is the second operation after the first failed due to the bad weather. We arrived at Wairundi Island at aroun 2:00 Papua time,” he said.
Furthermore, he explained they also found the fact that there is a toddler named Ayub among the BBTNTC survey and monitoring team. Therefore, they are eleven in total. The child was reportedly safe and healthy.
“Praise the Lord, all survive, including a toddler Ayub. This child can survive by only eating the coconut,” he said.
In operation, he continued, the ship docked in the middle of the sea, while lifeboats and rescuers were deployed to pick up these people one by one. They successfully evacuated and then arrived in Manokwari through Agrem Harbor at around 08:05 Papua time. Currently, all survivors are safe in their homes.
Meanwhile, the Coordinator of BBTNTC Monitoring Team Syahirudin said they have been in uninhabited Wairundi Island since 22 October 2018 to conduct monitoring on green turtles.
“It’s part of our tasks to do monitoring on the areas of the Cenderawasih Bay National Park. We prepared our stocks of food for five days, but it runs out on the fourth while due to the bad weather, we couldn’t leave the island,” he said.
He further said the level of sea waves around the island has raised in the last few days, which was about 3 to 4 meters. They survived without food for a day and two nights.
“We ate the coconut that drifted from another island because there is no coconut tree on this island,” he said. (*)
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NGOs questions KPA on billions of funds channelling for people living with HIV

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HIV/AIDS Care volunteers who were recruited by KPA Papua province a few months ago to help KPA in counselling. – Jubi / Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – Some NGOs and communities working with people living with HIV in Jayapura asked the Provincial Aids Commission (KPA) of Papua to transparently report the distribution of funds amounted Rp 1.5 billion allocated to increase nutritional intake among people living with HIV in Papua Province.

The chairperson of the Papua Community Health Development Foundation (YPKM) Joice Erlerly said so far these institutions are not aware of the funds distributed by the KPA Papua.

“We knew about this information after reading an article published in a printed newspaper in Jayapura City. However, the article did not state who had received the funds? Where did it distribute? Regional or provincial level?” said Joice on Tuesday (08/13/2019).

Moreover, she added her institution have never had the coordination or communicated with KPA about any distribution of funds for people living with HIV/AIDS. “YPKM along with those who care about this issue still provide nutritional intake for people living with HIV,” she said.

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Concerning the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Papua, she clarifies there are 48 thousand in which 6,000 alone are living in Jayapura City.

Meanwhile, Roberth Sihombing, an HIV activist in Papua, said that the five thousand people living in HIV/AIDS mentioned by the KPA Papua must be held accountable. “It would be nice if the KPA Papua works together with health services such as hospitals, community health centres and NGOs that assist people living with HIV/AIDS to get a valid data,” he said.

As clearly stated by him, people living with HIV/AIDS, in particular, those who registered in the community health centres need nutritional intake, especially pregnant women.

“A good program will only be more effective if it’s been well because the program of HIV/AIDS prevention and elimination requires the involvement of all parties. If the KPA Papua already had a study on nutritional intake needs among people living in HIV/AIDS, they can go ahead. Unfortunately, I think they don’t,” he said. (*)

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GempaR-Papua asks Indonesia to stop exploiting Papua Resources

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GempaR-Papua in a protest conducted in front of the University of Cenderawasih’s gate, Perumnas 3 Waena some times ago. – Jubi / Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – GempaR-Papua (Papuan Student, Youth and People Movement) of Jayapura Municipality urges the Government of Indonesia to discontinue all projects that often related to economic development, but in reality threatening the life of the indigenous community.

The Chairman of GempaR-Papua Samuel Womsiwor said it involves many interests ranging from long-term investments to the exploitation of natural resources in which triggering many human rights violations for both Kamoro and Amungme peoples.

“We decline the national food security program –the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate—in Merauke. Also, we reject the militarization of all efforts to spread the investment throughout Papua that supported by President Joko Widodo. Therefore, we urge the Government of Indonesia to open the access to Hak Guna Usaha (HGU) for the community,” Wamsiwor stated in a release received by Jubi on Tuesday (13/8/2019).

Further, GempaR-Papua also asks the Indonesian Government to immediately withdraw its troops from Nduga due to human rights violations occurred against indigenous peoples. Importantly, they also urge the government to open access to local, national, international journalists and humanitarian workers to work in Nduga and throughout Papua. (*)

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PNG governor wants West Papua referendum

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Powes Parkop, the governor of Papua New Guinea’s National Capital District. Photo: RNZ /Johnny Blades

Papua, Jubi – The governor of Papua New Guinea’s capital district wants Indonesia to allow West Papua to undertake an independence referendum.

In a statement, Powes Parkop also backed a call from Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers to raise the issue of human rights abuses in Papua at next week’s Forum leaders summit.

Mr Parkop said the crisis in Papua had escalated due to Pacific nations letting fear of Indonesia dictate their approach to it.

He said the Melanesian Spearhead Group should also accept an application for full membership by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.

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“Indonesia must realize that when it choose to restore the rights and dignity of the West Papuan people it will unleash great joy.”

Mr Parkop said he had delivered the same message on West Papua to PNG Prime Minister James Marape and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogovare.

According to him, he planned to also deliver it to the governments of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the US, adding that he had requested a meeting with Indonesia’s government.

Jakarta says Papua’s incorporation into the Indonesian is final and non-negotiable.

Papuan Liberation Movement welcomes foreign ministers’ call

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua has welcomed a resolution by Pacific foreign ministers to push for a UN Human Rights office visit to Papua.

In January, the UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said Indonesia’s government agreed in principle for a team from her office to visit Papua.

However, Pacific Forum members are concerned that the invitation is not being honoured. Forum foreign ministers have called for the timing of the visit by to be finalised by both parties.

They also seek for a resulting report on the Papua situation to be presented before the next Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting in 2020.

The Liberation Movement’s chairman, Benny Wenda, urged Pacific Forum leaders to endorse this call when they meet for their annual summit in Tuvalu next week.

Mr Wenda said such a stand reflected the values at the heart of the Blue Pacific campaign to develop a region of peace, harmony, security, social inclusion and prosperity where all Pacific people can lead free healthy and productive lives.

Accordnig to him, Pacific civil society networks continue to provide support to Forum Leaders and Government regarding the human rights issues of West Papua. (*)

 

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