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LIPI and JDP Discuss Externalization of Papua Issues in 7th Exploratory Summit

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L to R, Dr. Adriana Elisabeth (LIPI), Mayjend Yudi Swastono (Deputi Ministry of Coordinator of Politics, Law and Security) and Dr. Neles Tebay (Papua Peace Network) – Jubi/Victor Mambor

L to R, Dr. Adriana Elisabeth (LIPI), Mayjend Yudi Swastono (Deputi Ministry of Coordinator of Politics, Law and Security) and Dr. Neles Tebay (Papua Peace Network) – Jubi/Victor Mambor

Jakarta, Jubi – The Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) and Papua Peace Network (JDP) held the 7th Exploratory Summit on 17-19 November 2015 at Sentul City, Bogor to discuss the roots of problems in Papua. The previous meetings were held at Jimbaran (Bali), Manado, Lombok, Yogyakarta, Semarang and Jakarta.

“The 7th summit is aimed to (1) discuss the root of political, legal, security and human rights issues in Papua in addition to discussing contributions from participants and speakers in order to materialize Papua as Peace Land,” LIPI researcher Dr. Adriana Elisabeth who led the Road Map Papua study told Jubi on Thursday (19/11/2015) at Hotel Haris, Sentul City.

Further, she said the meeting was also to anticipate the potential for violence in the run up to the simultaneous regional head elections on 9 December 2015.

She said representatives of government ministries, security agencies, univerisities, non-governmental organizations and the media, including Jubi, participated in the meeting.

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Dr. Neles Tebai said the exploratory meeting has discussed several issues related to externalization or regionalization of Papua conflict issues in the Asia Pacific region. “It’s including the recognition of the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP) as observer in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) in June 2015. Regionalization gets intents along with the discussion on human right violations issue in Papua during the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in Port Moresby in 2015, which resulted several recommendations including to send the fact finding team against human right violations in Papua. It indicates the conflict of violence and human right violation are still happening in Papua,” said Tebay.

Additionally, he also said the meeting also discussed about the plan to form the Military Regional Command in Manokwari, West Papua Province and Mobile Brigade Headquarters in Wamena. “The objection from mostly Papuan people on the establishment of Military Regional Command could potentially arise the further mistrust towards the Indonesian Government,” Tebay said.

Both Dr. Adriana and Pater Neles also said the implementation of simultaneous regional head election on 9 December 2015 in 11 regencies of Papua Province and 9 regencies of West Papua Province is disposed to conflict as the ‘noken’ system is still applied in some regencies.
“In some polling stations in the Central Highland area, the regional head election would use the noken system referred to the Melanesian cultural tradition. According to the Constitutional Court Decree No. 47-48 Year 2009, the voting used the noken system is legal, but it has a tendency to be manipulated,” Dr. Adriana said.

“Besides, the implementation of regional head election in Pegunungan Bintang Regency and Yahukimo Regency are full risk of geographical and access of transportation of polling box distribution due to the long-distance of the capital city to the polling stations. Another violence potency related to the regional head election is supporters’ crash that potentially occurred in Nabire, Waropen, Keerom, dan Boven Digoel,” added Pater Neles.

Through this 7th exploratory meeting, LIPI, JDP and participants further said both resources have resulted several inputs for the local governments related to the political and security affairs as well as legal and human right issues in Papua.

Here following seven recommendations for the government: 1) State to the public about the progress of investigation and obstacles in the process of human right violation solving in Papua; (2) Conduct socialization about the urgency of Military Regional Command in West Papua Province and Mobile Brigade Headquarters in Wamena; (3) Guarantee the transparent and neutrality of the election commissionaires, Police/Military personnel and civil servants in the implementation of simultaneous regional head election in Papua; 4) Appoint a diplomat who understand the Papua issues in responding the externalization or regionalization of Papua issues; 5) Build a peace in Papua through a gradual process of dialog by involving the relevant stakeholders; (6) Guarantee the implementation of the Law No. 21/2001 about the Special Autonomy for Papua Province as amended in the Law No.35/2008 could run optimal and consistent; and (7) Strengthen the coordination of three pillars (Local Government, Local Parliament and People’s Assembly) in Papua related to the optimization of the Law No. 21/2001 on the Special Autonomy for Papua Province as amended in the Law No. 35/2008. (Victor Mambor/rom)

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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

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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