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Following Students’ exodus, five Papuan students died and six detained by police

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Burial of Eremanus Wesareak and Jery Murib in Kamkey TPU – Jubi / David Sobolim

Jayapura, Jubi – The exodus wave of Papuan students from all over cities of Indonesia recently has caused six students dead and six others detained by the Papua Police.

The four dead victims Ason Mujijau, Eramanus Wesareak, Jery Murib and Otier Wenda were allegedly shot by police during a clash at Expo Waena on 23 September 2019 when the police forced students to dissolve from the rally. Among those victims, Wesareak was the youngest. He was registered as a high school student, while others were university students.

Meanwhile, another dead victim was a student Astinus Sama who died in a traffic accident. According to his family, he died after being hit by an unknown person on Sunday, 29 September 2019. However, the police said no one involved in the accident. It was a single-vehicle crash.

In this sense, the Secretary of Exodus Students Roby Hiktaop confirmed four students killed by bullets on 23 September and one died due to a hit-and-run accident on 29 September 2019.

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By contrast, the Jayapura Police Chief Victor Dean Mackbon via the Sentani Timur Police Chief Heri Wicahya explained that Astinus Sama (21 years old) died in a single-vehicle crash.

“The accident occurred on Sunday morning when Astinus Sama drove his motorbike ‘SPM Honda Beat’ with plat number PA 3527 RQ from Waena to Sentani at high speed. As a result, he couldn’t control his stir while on the road in front of the floating restaurant in Sentani Timur. Losing the balance, he fell and was thrown from the motorbike alongside the road and immediately taken to Dian Harapan Hospital,” said Chief Heri as cited in the police news website Tribratanews.papua.polri.go.id.

Furthermore, Roby Hiktaop said after mass dissolution by police on 23 September 2019; the exodus students are now living with their families or student dormitories.

“Based on the recent meeting, the students plan to open a new post to protect the exodus students,” he said.

According to him, the exodus students are still intimidated by the authorities. Therefore, they cannot meet each other for organizing a meeting. “Our friends started to feel unsafe to live in Jayapura because the police keep their eyes on them. They have also been stalking by unknown people. So, many of them decided to go home to their respective regencies, but the police hold them before they arrived at the airport to be recorded and photographed.

Earlier, Emmanuel Gobai, the Director of Papua Legal Aid Institute, explained that six students are still in the police’s detention at the Papua Mobile Brigade Headquarters in Kotaraja, Jayapura. They are Assa Asso, Yogi Wenda, Jembrif Kogoya, Abraham Dote, Elimus Bayage and Yandu Kogoya. These students were arrested following the clash on 23 September 2019 at Expo Waena and charged for committing treason and other criminal acts according to the Indonesia Criminal Code.

Regional parliament members ask the police to reveal the cause of casualties in the Expo incident

A parliament member Edmus Gwijangge from the Commission of Governmental, Politics, Law and Human Rights of the Papuan House of Representatives (DPRP) asks the police to uncover and confirm the cause of the death of three students in a clash involving students and the security forces at Expo Waena, Heram Sub-district, Jayapura City on 23 September 2019.

He said the police must be transparent with this case. If they find that the cause of students’ death is bullets, they must reveal who did it;

given that the security forces in charge at that time were joint military, mobile brigade and police officers.

“Whether the students died because of mistreatment or other reasons, the police also need to reveal. Regarding a soldier who died during the incident, the police also must find out whether the perpetrator is a student or someone else,” said Gwijangge on Tuesday (01/10/2019).

According to him, after the Expo-Waena incident, the police is currently more focusing on arresting and investigating students who involved in the conflict as suspects.

“There should be transparency for the victims’ families. If the students died of being shot, who shot them? If this case is yet not revealed, it will give a wrong impression to the police.

Therefore, he hopes the new Papua Police Chief Paulus Waterpauw would address this problem adequately and work with Papua Provincial Government and other stakeholders in solving many cases occurred in Papua.

“Some students and citizens who are currently in detention following the mass rally against racism should be immediately realized once they found not involved. If they are found guilty, please do not hold the legal process,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Head of Papua Police Public Relations Ahmad Mustofa Kamal said thirteen people currently named as suspects after the Expo-Waena incident.

“Initially, we named seven people as suspects. However, after further investigation, there are thirteen suspects. In the case of riot demonstration in Wamena, we currently determine seven suspects from previous three,” said the Police Commissioner Kamal.

Until now the police are continuing their investigation on these two cases that occurred in Expo-Waena Jayapura City and Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency. There is a possibility that the number of suspects in both cases will increase if the police find other sufficient evidence. (*)

 

Reporter: David Sobolim/Arjuna Pademme
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A story of Ruth Dolly Pagawak, Papuan woman who recovered from Covid-19

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Ruth Dolly Pagawak. -Jubi/Hans

Manokwari, Jubi – Ruth Dolly Pagawak, twenty years old Papuan woman who declared negatives after two swab checks, could go home. She finally can meet her baby and the rest of her family on Saturday afternoon, 16 May 2020 after being quarantined at Papua Barat Provincial Hospital.

Along with Pagawak, other patients H. Abdullah Appe (62 years old) and La Marra (65 years old) were also declared has recovered from the Coronavirus. Papua Barat Governor Dominggus Mandacan officially take three of them out of the hospital.

While wearing a mask and holding her health certificate tightly, Pagawak told that her recovery is God’s blessing. “This is because of the grace of Lord Jesus that I was declared recovered of the Coronavirus,” said Pagawak holding a bucket of flowers by her doctors and nurses.

During her medical treatment at the hospital, Pagawak always listened to doctors and the medical team who treated her. She declared that listening to the government and medical staffs’ advice during the treatment is very important. By doing that, the body immune will stronger to combat the virus.

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“During my treatment, I routinely consumed vitamins and complied the doctors’ orders. I was also tried not being stressful because I believed that I would recover,” she said.

Since she was tested positive of Coronavirus in the mid of April, Pagawak has not experienced the most severe symptom. She claimed to only experience light symptoms such as cough and runny nose.

“I never experienced severe symptoms such as shortness of breath. I just had a cold and a mild cough.”

As the first Papuan woman who recovers from Coronavirus in Papua Barat, Pagawak advised people, in particular native Papuans, not to underestimate this virus. Still, they also do not need to overwhelm panic.

“The point is we must remain vigilant. Wear a mask, wash our hand routinely and get enough rest. We cannot avoid this virus because it is not visible. Therefore, we must follow all medical advice by the government, and never forget to pray and beg for mercy and recovery from God,” she said.

Pagawak told that she initially didn’t believe in her initial test confirming that she was Coronavirus positive because she was in the postpartum period. But with the support and permission of her husband, she finally agreed to take an initial medical treatment at Manokwari Hospital separately from her baby. She then continued to quarantine at Papua Barat Provincial Hospital since 1 May.

“I initially didn’t believe that I am Coronavirus positive. I just delivered my first child, who was six weeks at the time. So, when they took my baby and me from Warmare Subdistrict to Manokwari Hospital, we were treated separately,” she said.

This young mother also thanked the quarantine team of Papua Barat Provincial Hospital because of treating her and other patients sincerely and pouring them with encouragement and motivation.

“Personally, I thank the medical team, doctors and everybody who involved in Papua Barat Provincial Hospital. They are noble-hearted people because they treated us nicely. They are warm and always motivate us; therefore, we remain motivated to recover,” she said.

The information from the Covid-19 Task Force Papua Barat stated that Pagawak’s baby is currently undergoing treatment by a paediatrician at Manokwari Hospital. The baby, on the contrary, was declared negative since the initial examination and treated separately from the mother.
Meanwhile, Papua Barat Governor Dominggus Mandacan hopes that local community and neighbours of the recovered patients to accept them when they return to their family and neighbourhood.

“I hope people can accept them when they return to their family. Their recovery was also the hard work of the Papua Barat Provincial medical staff as well as our prayers,” said Mandacan at the Papua Barat Hospital on Saturday (16/5/2020). (*)

 

 

Reporter: Hans Kapisa

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Joyce Lin, a pilot of MAF crashed plane was also an IT specialist graduate from MIT

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Jayapura, Jubi – An aircraft operated by Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) was reportedly being crashed and drown in Lake Sentani on Tuesday (12/5/2020). Locals reported the incident after hearing an explosion. After two minutes take-off from Sentani Airport to Mamit, Tolikara Regency, the aircraft lost contact with the air traffic control tower.

Tolikara Regent Usman Wanimbo told Jubi that the crashed aircraft was possibly carrying books and stationeries for Yayasan Papua Harapan based in Mamit. President GIDI, the Rev. Dorman Wandikbo, also said the same thing.

“The aircraft was carrying school books and stationeries to Mamit,” said the Rev. Wandikbo by phone to Jubi. The pilot of the crashed plane later identified as Joyce Lin, a US citizen. Her body found at a depth of 13 meters in Lake Sentani.

Joyce, according to the Rev. Wandikbo, had just flown in Papua, although she had many experiences flying the small aircraft.

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The website maf.org acknowledges Joyce Lin as a pilot and IT specialist. As a pilot, she flew the aircraft to help people living in remote and isolated areas by providing medical evacuation service for saving a life. She also transported logistic supplies for community development, missionaries, teachers, and humanitarian workers to these remote locations. Meanwhile, as an IT specialist, Joyce work to set up and maintain the computer networks for missionaries and humanitarian workers to contact their communities and to access information on the Internet.

Joyce Lin grew up in Colorado and Maryland. She involved in a non-denomination local evangelist church service from a young age. At the age of eight, she showed her interest in everything linked with computers, mainly computer programming. Her interest in aviation also developed at an early age when her neighbouring pilot took her to the local air show.

She later took the computer science in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and received a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Engineering from the MIT. Because she had an interest in aviation, she also obtained a certificate of the private pilot while still in college.

After graduation, Joyce Lin worked as a computer specialist at a commercial company for ten years until obtaining a position of the Director of Engineering, while growing her enthusiasm towards seminary at the same time. She then registered as a student at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity. While studying theology there, she learned about the missionary flying service. It surprised her when knowing that there is a job that can combine her interest in computers, aviation and Christianity service at once. From there, she found a strong call to work as a missionary pilot. She had instrument certification and commercial flying certificate and experience working as a flight instructor to meet the requirement as a pilot for MAF. (*)

 

Reporter: Victor Mambor

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The body of crashed MAF aircraft found 13 meters below water

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Jayapura, Jubi – Roberth Tunyanan from KNKT (the National Transportation Safety Committee) Papua said the body of a pilot killed in the crashed aircraft was found in Lake Sentani on Tuesday morning.

“I received the report stating the Rescue Team had found the body of MAF pilot flying the aircraft PK-MEC in Lake Sentani,” Tunyanan as quoted by Antara News Agency on Tuesday morning (12/5/2020).

The report also revealed that her body found at a depth of 13 meters trapped in the cockpit.

The website maf.org acknowledges Joyce Lin as a pilot and IT specialist. As a pilot, she flew the aircraft to help people living in remote and isolated areas by providing medical evacuation service for saving a life. She also transported logistic supplies for community development, missionaries, teachers, and humanitarian workers to these remote locations. Meanwhile, as an IT specialist, Joyce work to set up and maintain the computer networks for missionaries and humanitarian workers to contact their communities and to access information on the Internet.

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The aircraft controlled by Joyce Lin reportedly crashed around Lake Sentani that located between Jayapura Municipality and Jayapura Regency in Papua Province. The aeroplane took off at 6.27 a.m. local time and lost contact two minutes after take-off. (*)

 

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Editor: Pipit Maizier

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