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Lekakha Claims to Have Shot 79 Security Personnel

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The body of shooting victim while arrived in Sentani Airport,  Jayapura - Jubi

The body of shooting victim while arrived in Sentani Airport, Jayapura – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Puncak Regent Willem Wandik accused Kalenat Telenggen and Lekakha Teleggen of being behind an attack that killed four civilians in Sinak on Tuesday (15/3/2016).

“Kalenat Telenggen and Lekakha Telenggen did it. They are behind the attack on PT. Modern workers who built Trans Papua Highway, the road extent of Puncak Jaya to Puncak Regency,” Wandik told Tempo on Wednesday 916/3/2016).

He added Lekakha’s group was established in 2006, while the name of Kalenat Telenggen was known as the leader of an insurgent group since 2014.

According to him, these two groups are always agitating people in Puncak, Puncak Jaya to Mamberamo regencies.

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Meanwhile the Indonesian Police Headquarters in Jakarta said they already had the identity of insurgent group who killed the four workers of PT. Modern in Aggengen Village of Sinak Sub-district, Puncak Jaya Regency.

“Identified already, they are the same group that earlier attacking sub-district and district police stations,” said the Indonesian Police Chief General Badrodin Haiti at Ministry of Political, Legal and Human Rights Affairs Office in Jakarta reported CNN Indonesia.

Lekakha Telenggen Says Ready for Responsibility

It is Lekakha Telenggen who confessed as shooting perpetrator over Sinak Police Station on 28 December 2015. Additionally, in January 2015, he and his son Tengamati Telenggen were accused by the Police as attackers who killed two Mobile Brigade personnel Thomson Siahaan and Jeferson in Ilaga, the capital of Puncak Regency in early December 2014. The two personnel were shot when crossing in front of Puncak Regent Office by truck. The insurgents took away two guns AK 47.

Separately contacted by Jubi, Lekakha Telenggen did not deny or confirm the allegations against him. However, he said he was ready be held responsible for the attack if his group did it.

“I am ready to be responsible for the shooting of four construction workers if my group did it,” he said.

As soldiers, he said, they have task to do guerilla in the forest for revolution in the war, not shooting the civilians. “Up to now we have shot 79 military and police personnel,” he said.

Doubt on Lekakha’s Claim

Lekhakha’s claim was doubtful since the group’s goal and affiliation has not been ascertained yet, whether it is affiliated with the National Liberation Army/Papua Free Movement (TPN/OPM).

Socratez Yoman, Chairman of the Papuan Baptist Church Fellowship doubted if the TPN/OPM involved in the shooting. “Is that the OPM supported by security forces in Papua during the time? I don’t believe if the OPM did the shooting,” he said.

According to him, the shooting perpetrators are still in question, because during the time those who did the shooting and killing over the civilians in the highland area aren’t the OPM. If it was true, it must be the supported OPM. “They (supported OPM) once and often said they were supplied with bullets, rice and cigarettes hence being instructed to trigger a mess,” he said.

But for whoever did it, Socratez Yoman strongly condemned the shooting. “It cannot be justified and accepted for whatever reasons. The shooting over four workers was the humanity crime and human rights violation,” he said.

Frangky Demena, relative of three victims Andreas Demena, Daud Demotuw-Demena and David Demena, told the incident that killed his brothers and their co-worker was very awkward, since these workers are not anybody’s enemy. “Why did they shot the civilians instead of security personnel? That’s our question,” he said.

Andreas Demena’s younger brother, Alfius Demena also said the same thing. He admitted his brother had lived in Puncak Jaya for 20 years. “The shooting was perpetrated by the fake OPM to disturb the security. Impossible if the OPM shot the civilians,” he said.

Project Rivalry and BPK

Related to the shooting incident, Paniai Customary Council Chief John Gobay said it could be an impact of rivalry to win the road construction project of Sinak-Mulia Highway.

“I once had experience in Enarotali. There was a contractor who lose the project tender then took the armed group and support them to disturb the running project. It almost occurred the fatality, but we could prevent it,” said Gobay to Jubi.

“In near future the Financial Audit Investigator will come to audit the financial orf provincial and regency isnt it? the OPM issue could be a reason a game to obstruct the investigation. (Hengky Yeimo/Victor Mambor)

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A story of Ruth Dolly Pagawak, Papuan woman who recovered from Covid-19

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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

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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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

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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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. (*)

 

Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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