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The meeting between the Minister of Politics, Law and Security, Military Commander and National Police Chief with hundreds of community and traditional leaders held in the Aithousa Meeting Hall of the GKI Church considered disappointment, Wamena. – Jubi / Islami.

An exploded mass riot blasted Wamena, the capital of Jayawijaya Regency, Papua on 23 September 2019 has shocked the public’s sense of humanity. Everyone was shaken and mourned to see how the anti-racism protest by students exploded into a riot killing at least 42 people and destroyed half of the biggest town in Papua’s central highland. 

But what people want right now is to embroider the already-torn apart social relationship, to heal the wounds promptly. On the other hand, the government has many things to do if they want to rebuild a robust peace in society. The article is the last part of six articles of “Risking peace in Wamena”. 

Please not risking peace in Wamena 

The Rev. Titus Tangke looked grim on that Tuesday, 8 October 2019. He didn’t expect the commission led by the Politics, Law and Security Minister Wiranto, National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian and Military Commander Marshal Hadi Tjajanto rushed to leave Wamena. They just left hundreds of religious and traditional leaders and dozens of district chiefs who were waiting for two hours in the meeting hall of the Aithousa Church of GKI behind.

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Full of hope, he came to the meeting hall. He brought several brown envelopes containing the incident report of 23 September 2019 that he wanted to give to the commission. But more than that, he wanted to see a dialogue between the commission and hundreds of religious and community leaders at the Aithousa Building. He imagined the same pleasant atmosphere of the discussion held at Jayawijaya Military District Headquarters would happen for the second time in this place.

Unfortunately, the commission had not much time. After speaking for about half an hour, Wiranto only asked two or three attendees to respond to his presentation. “Dialogue? I have done it with refugees,” said Wiranto to hundreds of traditional leaders in the building.

Titus Langke said he was sad seeing the commission had to leave immediately. “Many people wanted to talk. Of the four major ethnic representatives, only one had a chance to speak, that was South Sulawesi Association representative. While representatives from Batak, Padang, had no opportunity to talk due to time limit. [Even the one who spoke] only had five minutes to talk. How could he tell more in five minutes? said the Rev Langke, who’s the administrator of Spiritual division of South Sulawesi Association.

However, he luckily managed to give one of his brown envelopes to Wiranto’s contingent. There is only a large brown enveloped left in his hand that already looked worn. “This is the documentation of the victims of 23 September fire incident from the association. I already gave one to the commission to forward to Mr President,” he said in a trembling voice holding in his emotions.

Suddenly, the loud voice of human rights activists Theo Hesegem was on the air. The Rev. Titus Tangke quieted trying to understand Theo, who emotionally criticised the commission. “Issues in Wamena are very complex. Here, we are cautious [to speak], because the victims are coming from the three groups of civilians and government: non-Papuans, indigenous Papuans and local government. But, this dialogue (involving traditional leaders) must occur,” said Hesegem in the yard of the Aithousa building.

He also stressed that in principle indigenous Papuans also require disclosure of the facts and truths of the 23 September incident for the sake of reconciliation process. According to him, the most critical part of this disclosures is finding the perpetrators and intellectual actors behind the mass riot in Wamena.

Meanwhile, Father Allo Dabi said the police could not just offer one-sided conclusion then asking the public to believe and want to start reconciliation.

“First, the police unilaterally stated the alleged racism was a hoax. Shouldn’t it the court to decide? Second, the police pointed the West Papua National Committee behind the mass riot without providing evidence to prove their conclusion to the public. If the police kept making the one-sided conclusion, it would increasingly create untrust amongst the public. They are hard to believe the police,” said Father Allo.

Theo Hesegem expressed his criticism toward the work of government in handling the incident of 23 September in Wamena – Jubi / Aryo Wisanggeni.

Moreover, Theo Hesegem wants all people in Wamena to make peace quickly. But he doesn’t want the peace agreement collapsed because of the “new fact” that will come later. He encourages all stakeholders to continue to meet and have a dialogue but emphasises to discontinue such ceremonial meeting arranged by the government.

“Stop the ceremonial dialogue. It is better for the government to immediately form a fact-finding team that involving all parties, both migrants and indigenous Papuans, community leaders, religious leaders, government officials and security forces as well. This team must reveal all the facts and truths that occurred during the Wamena mass riot and write a report that can be perceived by all parties. If all the facts have revealed, we will have a solid ground for reconciliation,” said Theo Hesegem, hoping.

Everyone indeed wants to rebuild their social relations that were torn by the riot. But, we need a strong weaving to unite, not haphazard one that will create a new wound amongst stakeholders. It requires the presence of mind of all parties in order not to let the peace in Wamena fragile and risky. (*)

 

Jubi journalist Victor Mambor, Islamic Adisubrata contributed to this article.  

 

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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). (*)

 

 

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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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Joyce Lin. – maf.org

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. (*)

 

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The body of crashed MAF aircraft found 13 meters below water

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Lake Sentani. -Ist

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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