Jayapura, Jubi – A 10-hour long journey from Afimabul village to Danowage, a citizen of Korowai tribe, Daniel Hatil, has take while holding his son, Puti Hatil (three years old), to seek treatment for his suffering from ulcers on his left cheek that has created a hole.
Daniel Hatil traveled for hours in order to get to the clinic of a missionary Trevor Christian Johnson in Danowage, for his son to get medical treatment from the missionary’s wife. There is no medical personnel and service in his village.
“I left the village at seven in the morning, and arrived at Danowage at 5 pm. I spent night in there and had not spoken much to Mr. Trevor. The next day he told me to pack my luggage and take Puti to Jayapura,” Daniel Hatil to Jubi, last weekend.
But Daniel initially refused to go to Jayapura because he had no money, and did not know anyone nor ever get to the city. Daniel asked his son to be treated at the clinic then to take him home immediately to Kampung Afimabul.
“But Mr. Trevor said the ulcer on Puti’s cheek was getting worse, and he had to be taken to Jayapura for further treatment. So three days later I went to Jayapura using the plane that Mr. Trevor had prepared, he took care of everything, I just packed and go,” he said.
Arrived in Jayapura on Tuesday (October 3), Daniel with his wife and son, Puti who was sick, also Puti’s sister, picked up by solidarity activists in Jayapura who care about health conditions in Papua.
“We were immediately taken to Dian Harapan Hospital, so Puti got treatment. The ulcers on Puti’s cheeks had been a month. Initially it was only small a red spot, which came after we went home looking for sago worms in the garden,” he said.
He thinks the red spots will heal in two or three days. But it was grow bigger and fester. When he examined the condition of his son, Puti’s inner cheek was wounded.
“His Mother then broke the boils on Puti’s cheeks, but then we saw the hole inside. I hope Puti will be recovered soon so I would return to my village, I do not want to come here, but my son need treatment,” he said.
First time ever
For Puti, this is the first time Daniel ever left his native village and went to Jayapura. He never traveled out of Korowai.
He got many new experiences in the capital city of Papua Province. For the first time in his life Daniel Hatil saw himself how a four-wheeled vehicle is, and the two wheels, as well as what it feels like to eat rice.
“In the village, we only eat bananas, sago, fish, red fruits, vegetables geds, vegetable genemo every day. This is the first time I eat rice, I feel like to eat banana more,” he said.
Health care card
Secretary of Rimba Papua Care and Education (TPKP) Team, Soleman Itlay, one of the health activists who accompanied Puti during the treatment in Jayapura, said that when he arrived at Dian Harapan Hospital, the hospital asked whether Puti was using a Papuan Health Card (KPS) or BPJS Health.
“He do not have KPS or BPJS,” said Soleman, who has been proud of the benefits of Korowai community because of the cooperation between the Papua Health Office so Puti has received treatment.
The cost of Puti treatment is borne by the Papua Health Office and donors. He hopes, the hospital provides maximum care to Puti.
“In some areas, friends are also raise funds to help to treat Puti,” he said.
After Puti got initial treatment, he is now in the period of nutrition improvement. “From the doctor’s information, the development of Puti condition will be observed in the coming days, because there are plans for surgery,” he said.
Poor health services in Korowai
Soleman Itlay, highlighted the case of Puti Hatil, a three-year-old boy who suffered from ulcers on his left cheek through a hole, illustrated the poor health of the Korowai tribe in southern Papua.
The Korowai region is in the five border regencies of Boven Digoel, Asmat, Mappi, Yahukimo, and Pegunungan Bintang.
“There are still a lot of people and children in Korowai are suffering, not receiving health services,” Soleman told Jubi.
According to him, Korowai children should get a decent education; at least they can become educators or health workers, to serve their own community.
He also said, health funds in Papua should be divided not only for the service of official health care office, but also to those who work on the ground voluntarily, without asking anyhing from the government.
Chairman of Remote Humanitarian Community Care (Kopkedat) in Papua, Yan Akobiarek said that it has been two years they addressed the health and education issues in Korowai.
“A few months ago, we had a discussion with the Papua Health Office, and the head of department sent three officers to Korowai to retrieve the initial data,” Yan said.
The Papuan Health Office promised at that time to send medical teams to Korowai. But until now it has not ralized.
“Last July, I spent a month in Korowai and the community asked me this question (the promise made by Health Office), I am confused how to answer,” he said.
Now, with the case of Puti Hatil, he said, there has been very crowded public discussion; and officials want to visit Puti in Dian Harapan Hospital.
“Even the minister may probably come to see Puti. While in Korowai there are still many who need help,” he said.
Korowai tribe he continued, mostly malnourished because they only consumed sago and banana from the forest, sago worms, and anything that nature provided.
“There is no other nutritional intake; we hope that in the future, Korowai children will also get immunizations, such as children in other areas. Papua Health Office and the health ministry shall immediately deploy medical teams to Korowai. The Korowai tribal area is large and inhabits with many sub-tribes,“ he added. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)
Six defendants of anti-racism protest in Jayapura sentenced to six months jail
Jayapura, Jubi – The Jayapura District Court found guilty six defendants involved in a mass riot following the anti-racism protests in Papua on 29 August 2019. The panel of judges gave them six months sentence, reduced by the defendants’ detention period. Therefore, the defendants would able to release soon after being sentence since the end of August 2019. However, their legal counsel team says to challenge the verdict because they believe that their clients are not guilty.
The six defendants Yan Peter Suramaja, Dolfin, Vinsen Dogopia, Jorgen Aipui, Valerio Yaas, Peter Meraudje, are found guilty in the trial chaired by Judge Alexander Jacob Tetelepta, with the panel members Roberto Naibaho and Korneles Waroi.
The public prosecutor charged them with different articles. Yan Peter Suramaja charged with Emergency Article, while Dolfin accused Article 160 of the criminal code on the incitement against the government. Meanwhile, Vinsen Dogopie charged with Article 170 of the criminal code about conducting violence against people and properties. The other three defendants Jorgen Aipui, Valerio Yaas, and Peter Merauje indicted with Article 365 of the criminal code about theft with violence.
In responding to the court’s verdict, lawyer Frederika Korain confirms that her clients would release soon if they accept the verdict because they have been in the detention since the end of August 2029. “Following the court’s verdict, their days in the detention will end soon. But we will consider this and discuss with their family to challenge not guilty,” Korain says on Thursday.
In the meantime, lawyer Relika Tambunan who is also a member of defendants’ legal counsel declares the court finding does not meet the expectation of the Advocate Team for Indigenous Papuans, as the trial was not able to approve the public prosecutor’s indictment.
“There is no strong evidence to accuse them. Indeed, the trial cannot prove that our clients are guilty or commit crime as charged to them. We have time to reconsider before challenge for not guilty,” said Tambunan. (*)
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Two civilians reportedly killed in Sugapa
Jayapura, Jubi – Two civilians reportedly killed in a joint military operation at Yoparu Village of Sugapa Sub-district, Intan Jayapura Regency on Tuesday (18/2/2020). The report also informs two Papuan women have been injured during the gun conflict and currently are under medical treatment. However, no release so far made by the security forces related to the report.
Jubi resource confirms two victims in this military ambush are Kayus Sani and Meky who shot in their houses on Tuesday dawn. The joint police and military forces arrived at Yoparu Village on Tuesday at around 3 a.m. Papua time, he says.
“Kayus was shot dead in his house. They (the joint security forces) entered the house and shot him on the chest and fingers. They also did the same thing to Meky, entering his house and shooting him dead in his house,” he says.
A report further informs that residents took the bodies of Kayus and Meky to a local church on Tuesday, but no information about their funeral yet.
Meanwhile, two indigenous women were also reportedly injured in the same operation. Elepina Sani, Meky’s mother, was shot in her hand, and currently got treatment in Yoparu Village, while a bullet hit Malopina in her leg. She is referred to Timika on Tuesday for further treatment.
Until the article published, no confirmation from both military or police about the incident so far received by Jubi. Jubi has attempted to contact Papua Police Chief Paulus Waterpauw on Whatsapp at 20.26 Papua time for clarification, but no reply so far. (*)
Reporter: Hengky Yeimo
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Military spokesperson says victims of military operation in Sugapa are members of insurgent group
Jayapura, Jubi – Colonel Eko Daryanto, the military public relations chief of Cenderawasih Military Command, says a victim killed on Tuesday (18/2/2020) in the armed conflict in Yaparo Village of Sugapa Sub-district, Intan Jaya Regency was an insurgent group member. He also claims that a boy killed in the same shooting location shot by the armed group.
Colonel Daryanto’s clarification is opposite to a witness’ statement cited by Jubi on Tuesday. Jubi resource told that both victims Kayus Sani and Meky Tipagau are civilians. He also informed two women had wounded during the attack.
As cited by Antara News Agency, Eko Daryanto states that the joint enforcement troop had involved in a gun conflict with an insurgent group in Sugapa on Tuesday at 7.20 Papua time when they saw two insurgent members carrying two guns. “They involved in a gun conflict while chasing those insurgents, but this armed group made to escape to the cliffs and bushes ahead to Ugimba,” says the colonel in Jayapura on Wednesday (19/2/2020).
Moreover, according to him, the troop later found Meky Tipogau’s body when checking the location after the conflict. He declares the victim Tipogau was shot by the military while carrying a weapon, but his friend was able to run away with his gun. Also, during the operation, the joint military troop seized a laptop, a cellular phone and two assembled guns, a facsimile machine, a bow and arrows.
Eko further states that during the armed conflict on Tuesday, the insurgent group shot the joint military forces randomly. “Their fire hit 14 years old girls named Kina Sani who shot in her left sole,” says Eko.
Earlier, on Tuesday, Jubi published an article saying two civilians reportedly killed in Sugapa. According to Jubi source, the victims Kayus Sani and Meky Tipogau shot by the security forces in their houses. He stated that the shooting incident happened in the Tuesday early morning in Yoparu Village, Sugapa Subdistrict.
Jubi also reported that two women had injured during the armed conflict in the same location. Elepina Sani, Meky Tipogau’s mother, was shot in her hand, and now treated by locals in Yoparu Village. Meanwhile, Malopina Sani who shot in her leg referred to Timika for further medical treatment on Tuesday. (*)
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Editor: Pipit Maizier
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