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Regent Urged to Protect Papuan Women Traders



Papuan Women traders at temporary market - Jubi

Papuan Women traders at temporary market – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The head of Community and Social Welfare of Secretariat Papua, Naftali Yogi, urged local governments to create regulations to protect Papuan women traders in improving their social economic conditions.

He said people’s welfare indicators are education, health, infrastructure and economic empowerment.

Especially populist economic empowerment for Papuan women traders, Governor Lukas Enembe already made the policy by building a market and providing them the opportunity to do business.
“It will become a model. The regents also need to follow up on the governor’s policy, because the approach is the development of a cultural approach, “he stated last week.

According to him, most of them work hard to fulfill the needs including education.
“There should be a concern of the government. The governor has started, the regents also have to do the same. Moreover, now 80 percent of special autonomy funds in the regencies / city. Only 20 percent in the province. All the funds have been distributed to regencies/city,” he said.

He said, there needs to be a serious concern of the government to empower those women, This is important, especially to decision-makers in the regencies/city.

The chairman of the MRP, Timothy Murib said, there needs to be a new regulation for the improvement of people’s economy particularly for Papuan women. Regulation over the years, did not help much populist economic development in regencies / city.
“Regulation that is now to be changed. It is expected there are activities that favor the economic development of indigenous Papuans to be better, as economic actors in their respective areas,” said Murib.

He hoped that all commodities in Papua are developed and become a serious concern in the future. yet of course must be supported by regulation of populist economic development of native Papuans. (Arjuna Pademme)


Indonesian military to complete Trans-Papua Highway



Indonesian soldiers participate in a major military jungle warfare exercise in Poso, in central Sulawesi island, on March 31, 2015. -Photo: AFP

Papua, Jubi – Officials working on a troubled road project in Papua say Indonesia’s military will complete the job this year.

In December, at least 16 Indonesians working on the Trans-Papua Highway in Nduga province were massacred by fighters from the West Papua Liberation Army.

The project was put on hold with the military saying it would take over work on the 4000 kilometre highway.

Combat engineers will reportedly carry out the construction, with hundreds of extra security personnel deployed to the area.

Detik News reports a military battalion has been assigned to the building of the project’s remaining 16 bridges.

Indonesian army engineers had already been working on the Trans-Papua Highway project for a number of years.

Military involvement in the project was cited by the Liberation Army as a central reason for killing the road workers, who were suspected of being soldiers. (*)



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Indonesian soldier dead after attack at Papua airport



Members of the Indonesian Army in Papua. -Photo: AFP

Papua, Jubi – Indonesia’s military has evacuated the body of a soldier killed at an airport in Papua’s Highlands on Monday.

Xinhua reported that gunmen shot at an arriving aircraft carrying soldiers at Mapenduma airport of Nduga district, leaving one soldier dead.

Military spokesman Colonel Muhammad Aidi said when the plane was about to land, it was shot at, and soldiers who were guarding the airport shot back, triggering gunfire exchange.

He said the gunmen retreated and escaped to the forest and the plane landed.

Tempo reported that two soldiers were shot, and hospitalised, with one dying later.

The soldier’s body has been evacuated to Papua’s provincial capital Jayapura,

He is the latest apparent victim in the Highlands conflict between guerilla forces of the West Papua Liberation Army and Indonesian security forces that intensified last year. (*)



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A sad story of education from Papuan outreached and border areas



Pupils at schools in outreached Papua. – Jubi/Dok

Jayapura, Jubi – Education, in Papua today is still a sad story since many schools in outreached or border areas have to struggle to continue their activities even without adequate support from the government.

An educational activist Agustinus Kadepa said the education in Papua, especially in the border and outreached areas, is a complex issue, from the lack of teachers’ attendance to lack of teaching facilities that hampers the learning activities at school.

“This is complicated. Furthermore, we know that a good and qualified educational education could exist when it gains support from many aspects, namely the economy, educational facilities, public awareness of education and so on. Therefore, I think these factors have made many teachers prefer to live in town rather than in those remote areas,” said Kadepa on Thursday (24/1/2019).

Another factor is when teachers apply for the position of civil servants. It has an indirect impact on the number of teachers staying at schools, especially in remote areas. Because most of those teachers would accept the new position as a civil servant and choose to live in town rather than continue teaching in remote areas.

Meanwhile, this problem also considered by the village chief of Kampung Moso, Muara Tami Sub-district of Jayapura Municipality, Agus Watapoa. He said that all the time the primary schools of the Indonesian and PNG border have not a sufficient number of teachers. Therefore, the children are neglected and cannot study at school.

“Teachers who teach in this school village come late to school, at 10 in the morning. So this school is not well running. It’s still open but just not running very well because we only have two classes with a roof,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Agus Pabika

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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