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500 Umbrellas’ Movement for Mama Papua



Roberta Muyapa with the umbrella for Mama Papua – IST

Nabire, Jubi – They call themselves 500 Umbrellas’ Movement for Mama Papua. They distributed big umbrellas to Papuan Mothers who were selling stuffs as vegetables, areca nuts and Noken, on the sidewalks throughout Papua.

“This initiative started around May 19, 2017, with the creation of facebook messenger group that invites friends to voluntarily help Mama-mama who sells stuffs under the hot sun and rain,” said Roberta Muyapa, the movement initiator to Jubi via electronic mail, Friday (August 18).

She is a young woman from Nabire, Papua Province, who is studying at National High School of Technology (STTNAS) in Yogyakarta. She feels moved to do something for Papuan Mama, especially those selling on the street.

Papuan student initiative

Umbrellas ready to be distributed all over Papua – IST

Roberta saw the attention of local government is still very poor for Mama-mama Papua. For long time they have been selling stuffs uncer the sun and rain, plus lack of appropriate place or a market worthy of them.

“Me and my friends see the lack of local government’s attention to Mama-mama, the economic assistance for Mama-mama Papua to get into the market is also lack, there is no proper place or market that makes Mama-mama sell their products spontaneously without facilities,” said Roberta, who also admit that Mama-mama themselves is very less organized.

Not only launching campaigns, Roberta and his friends to date have managed to collect 500 umbrellas from the donation of various parties since the movement was launched. At first she also did not expect public response via facebook media was very positive.

The idea of ​​launching such a movement did arise from Roberta herself, but most of the supporters of this work were college students.

“Many are responding positively and many are willing to help as well as coordinate cities in Java, Sulawesi and Papua. Most are college students. They respond very well and support both material and moral,” she said with enthusiasm.

The main cities of the movement’s targets are the Papuan students who study in Yogyakarta, Bandung, Jakarta, Surabaya, Malang, Manado, Goronto, Jayapura, Nabire, Manokwari, Serui, Sorong and Timika.

In each city this movement has their contact persons that appear spontaneous from the results of facebook group activity in which now consists of 5459 account.

Roberta felt moved to conduct this campaign and fundraising because herself as a woman who would also become a Mother. Plus many Papuans are raised by Mothers who sell stuffs on the street to be able to feed their families and put their children to school.

“I am part of Papuan people and women who will be a mother and raised by a Mother who also sells stuffs for our family can eat and go to school. That’s the main reason why I did this,” she said.

He also saw the situation of economic activities of Papuan Mama who increasingly marginalized by migrants.

Rp 35 million collected in 2.5 months

To be able to get 500 umbrellas, Roberta and her friends need about Rp 38 million to Rp 40 million.

“The funds needed are around Rp 38 million to Rp 40 million. Our fund-raising process is done by selling stuffs and spread information to Papuan dormitories in Java, Sulawesi and Papua,” said Roberta, who admitted to having trouble sleeping because her mind can’t stop working to explore other creative fund-raising ideas.

Roberta (centre) and friends with umbrellas ready to be distributed – IST

Through creative posters spread across social media, Roberta tried independently to be able to raise funds.

So within 2.5 months they have managed to collect about Rp 30 million and the money is used up to buy 500 umbrellas. Even some umbrellas have been distributed to cities in Papua.

“We’ve bought 500 umbrellas. One umbrella cost Rp 56 thousand. Screen printing one umbrella for Rp 4 thousand. So the total of Rp 30 million plus cargo shipping cost of Rp 5.5 million. Everything is Rp 35.5 million,” said the 23-year-old young woman.

She added from the total Rp 35.5 million, still required another Rp 2-3 million for postage to other districts.

“The umbrellas so far have been sent and received in Sorong, Manokwari, Timika, and Nabire. Hopefully there are additional funds to cover the above shortcomings, so we can send it to Jayapura, Serui, Waropen, Timika, Intan Jaya beach, Deiyai and Dogiai, ” she said.

Roberta hopes this movement will stay active, even after the umbrella distribution. “We can keep the activities for Mama-mama, and the movement becomes clearer so that it can work together with other elements that move in humanity,“ said 10th semester student who admitted to difficulty to finish her study because of the difficult subjects.

The Movement of 500 Umbrellas for Mama-mama is for her a booster for a bigger purpose, “In principle we want to target the entire Papua Land to have a Special Market for Papuan Mama,” she said. (*)

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Freeport’s one percent fund cannot guarantee Kamoro’s future




Mathea Mamayou, a native Kamoro woman whose tribe affected tailings produced by PT Freeport Indonesia. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – The Secretary for the Government, Politics, Law and Human Rights Commission of the Papua House of Representatives Mathea Mamoyao, who is also a Kamoro native, said ‘one percent fund’, 1% of Freeport’s gross revenues go to the local tribes, does not guarantee the sustainable future of those tribes.

“I don’t know whether this compensation is still there or not. I don’t want certain people took advantages on it, while people are still living under the poverty,” she told Jubi on Wednesday (18/7/2018).

Further, she said what she wants is a guarantee for the Kamoro tribe to live in a better condition in the future. But the fact is the education and health services in the Kamoro region is still poor. “For all the times, I’ll keep talking about it, because as a native, I don’t want the young generation of my tribe not to survive in the future,” she said.

Meanwhile, the board of Meepago Customary Council John NR Gobai said indigenous peoples as the tenure landowners collect the promise of the Indonesian Government on the bargain involved Freeport, the Central Government and the landowners on 4 September 2017.

“At that time, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignatius Jonan agreed to accommodate the request of Amungme tribe asking Freeport to give a reimbursement of 1% fund which they received as the Corporate Social Responsibly funds into larger value shares,” he said. (*)


Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Military could only arise trauma among locals




Student activists from BEM Uncen and PMKRI speak during press releases. -Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of Student Executive Board of the Cenderawasih University (BEM UNCEN) Paskalis Boma asks Papua Police to withdraw officers from Nduga District to prevent people from trauma.

He said the attack by the police officers occurred in Langguru and Kenyam on 11 July 2018 was very violent. “Nduga is part of Indonesia. If the police want to attack the National Liberation Army and Free Papua Movement (TPN/OPM), they shouldn’t harm the civilians,” he told Jubi on Wednesday (19/7/2018).

Further, he said the military’s attack in Nduga District was excessive as they attacked unarmed people whereas they were well-equipped. “People don’t carry weapons; they can’t fight back. They can’t do it because they are the citizens of Indonesia. This incident remains a scar and is rooted in the hearth of the local Nduga community. It only arises a fear.”

Meanwhile, Benediktus Bame, the Chairman of the Catholic Students Association of Indonesia (PMKRI) St Efrem Jayapura, the government could apply some human approaches towards the TPN/OPM. “The action taken by the government officials was very excessive. It would only arise a fear among the local people,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papuan Liberation Movement wants dialogue




Members of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua at a Melanesian Spearhead Group summit in 2013: Paula Makabori, Dr John Ondawame, Rex Rumakiek. – RNZ / Johnny Blades

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua supports the idea of dialogue with Indonesia as long as it is mediated internationally, the movement’s secretary says.

Indonesia’s government of Joko Widodo has recently made overtures to West Papuan customary and civil society leaders for dialogue over a range of issues in Papua region.

Secretary Rex Rumakiek said the push for dialogue was not a bad thing.

“But dialogue internationally, not Indonesian type of dialogue that resulted in 1969’s Act of Free Choice. That’s the type of dialogue Indonesia wants. We are not going to go back to that approach,” Mr Rumakiek said.

“We want an international dialogue and the best place to dialogue is the United Nations general assembly. Let us vote on the issue.”

The movement hoped to have questions over the legitimacy of the self-determination act under which West Papua was incorporated into Indonesia debated by the UN General Assembly in the next year or two, Mr Rumakiek said.

Since being admitted to the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) in 2015 with observer status in the regional grouping, the movement has had more opportunities to engage with Indonesia, which enjoys associate member status in the MSG.

The dynamic between the two parties, however, is clearly strained, as Indonesia’s government has characterised the movement as a separatist group that does not represent Papuans.

The full MSG members – Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia’s Kanaks – have been working to facilitate dialogue between the movement and Indonesia

“We can talk direct to them with the MSG members as witnesses. That is what we call a third party” Mr Rumakiek explained.

“We cannot talk direct to Indonesia by ourselves, but with the MSG facilitating. We try to avoid other people speaking on our behalf. The MSG is trying to arrange for meetings (between the West Papuans and Indonesia’s government).”

Meanwhile, the Australia-based Mr Rumakiek said the movement was disturbed by the reports from Papua’s remote Nduga regency that Indonesian security forces and the West Papua National Liberation Army had exchanged gunfire in recent weeks.

Three people were killed in an attack on police at the local airport two weeks ago during regional elections. A faction of the Liberation Army – which is not directly linked to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua – claimed responsibility.

Following the attack, about a thousand extra police and military personnel deployed to Nduga as part of a joint operation.

They have been conducting an aerial campaign over the Alguru area in pursuit of the Liberation Army, with unconfirmed reports saying at least two Papuans have been shot dead and others injured in recent days.

The Indonesian aerial operations over Alguru echoed previous military operations in the area, which devastated the livelihoods of Papuan villagers, Mr Rumakiek said.

“They are applying the same strategy that they bomb villages and chasing the people who live in the bush, so the after effects are much more serious than the actual destruction itself,” he said.

“Those people, when they come back to their village there will be nothing left for them to return to because the schools and clinics are destroyed and the churches are destroyed.”

But in a statement, Indonesia’s military said reports that security forces were conducting airstrikes or dropping bombs in Nduga were a hoax.

Military forces were working with police in “law enforcement activities” in Alguru, it said. (*)



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