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Ana Mahuze, a woman who helps Aibon’s children

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Children of Aibon glue suckers are undergoing medical checkups – Jubi/Frans L Kobun

Jakarta, Jubi – It’s not like the other days. That afternoon, the Vertentensai hall of Merauke archdiocese was crowded.

Dozens of children who are misusing Aibon glue conducted medical check-up. Merauke Archdiocese Health Commission, in collaboration with Forum Peduli Penyalahgunaan Lem, initiated the activity, which is taken place in Merauke Regency.

On Wednesday (January 17th), some medical officers examined the health of dropout of school children who are identified as the glue suckers. Most of these children are Papuans.

This event was actually initiated by Ana Mahuze who is the Head of Merauke Archdiocese Health Commission. Over the two years she watched over the health conditions of these children, which have dropped drastically. In addition, they looked malnourished.

Poverty and family problems

On Thursday (January 18th), Jubi met Ana Mahuze. She said that in 2015-2016, she had specifically examined the children who sucked Aibon glue and found some serious issues behind why these children are fallen into becoming the Aibon glue sucker.

She said the children came from the poor families. Some of them come from the divorced parents or scattered families and live with their mother or mothers’ families. Some are also experienced with physical and psychological violence or abuse, such as scolded with harsh words.

For these reasons, the children chose to go out and live with their friends on the street, at the shop peripheries and a number of other places that are allowed them to make a joke around, laughing, playing and earning some money.

It took a long timed patience to be able embracing the children, she said. It was not easy to gather them all at the same time.

“I saw the children who were in the storefront from morning to late at night. Slowly, I tried to build a direct communication with their family at their homes,” she said.

After several times of communication that repeatedly conducted by her, she gradually invited them for eating out together. Through this activity, they started to accept her and it slowly opened the way for further activities.

“With very limited honorariums from the diocese and every Wednesday started in 2016, I have been inviting the children to come to my house, just to share stories, eat cookies and drink milk together,” she said.

She finally succeeded to assist 47 children who were addicted with the Aibon glue and Kastol glue. “I had a data from 2017. The children were between 8-17 years old. Since then, the assistance is given continuously. Up to now there are two children who stopped sucking the glues and returned to school in junior high school (SMP). While for the rest, they are still on going process to be free-addicted.

“It takes time and we cannot do this alone. It needs intervention and involvement of various parties,” she said.

From Aibon to Kastol

Usually the children buy the Aibon glue from some stores, with the money they’ve got from becoming the parking attendants in front of store peripheries. The direct impact of inhaling Aibon glue, she said, not only made the children drunk, but also could withstand with hunger.

“Usually they would feel hungry by 17:00 PM. In the morning up until noon they would not feel hungry due to the influence of the glue that they’ve sucked. It will stand for several hours, which is enough to make them drunk and hallucinating in sight and their hearing,” she said.

They are not only men, but also found four girls. But now one girl has stoped sucking it. “We have also taken a step by going to some places that sell Aibon glue, and asked the store owners not to serve the children again,” she said.

But when the children couldn’t get the Aibon glue, they switched to Kastol glue. “This is happening now and we do not stay silent; we continue to perform a monitoring,” she said.

In general, the children were eager to continue their education, but when they entered school, they were discriminated from other friends. So they choose to return to the street.

To be able to break the chain of children who smoked Aibon glue, according to Ana it needs an effort such as building a shelter house. Children can get education, health services and some other activities in the house.

Respiratory will be disturbed

A doctor at RSUD Merauke, dr. Peter Tjia explains, the effect of sucking Aibon glue is it would disrupt the respiratory tract. As a result, the child is deprived of blood, that’s why the children looked so thin.

“We will check the function of their l, whether it was already disturbed or not, then send them to Merauke Regional General Hospital (RSUD) for laboratory tests and lung photographs,” he said.

The Head of Social Rehabilitation Division of Social Affairs Office of Merauke Regency, Esther Bimak, separately admitted that they do not have a complete data of the children.

“When we wanted to check and collect the data on them, the children followed their parents back to Mappi and Asmat regencies by boat,” she said.

Nevertheless, according to her, to this day, there are 30 children of Aibon addicted and orphans who dropped out of school has been accommodated in one of the social affairs’ dormitories and have been assisted to be able to return to school, ” she said.

A social worker, Theresia Widia Astuti, added that the number of glue-addicted children was increased because of the condition of lacking affection and good attention given by families and parents.

“Because the lack of affection, children choose their own way for enjoying their life and having fun away from home and playing with other friends and doing whatever they want to,” she said. (Koran Jubi/Zely)

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WWF promotes customary map in Tambrauw

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Training participant on a mapping of primary sites of indigenous peoples in Tambraw District by WWF Indonesia Program Papua – Jubi / doc WWF.

 

Tambrauw, Jubi – WWF Indonesia Papua Program is mapping the indigenous peoples’ landmark with 1: 50,000 scale to support the preparation of the Spacial Plan of Tambrauw District, West Papua Province.

The two-day training conducted on 17 – 18 May 2018 in Sausapor is also aimed to build a partnership with the local government and other institutions who have a similar concern in mapping.

WWF Indonesia Program Coordinator Wika A. Rumbiak said that the mapping of primary sites in Tambraw District is a series of the process of socio-cultural and spatial mappings which conducted to show representative of indigenous people’s space pattern.

“Hopefully, this participatory mapping can accommodate the rights of the community in spatial planning, which stated in Article 2 of Government Regulation (PP) No. 69 of 1996,” said Wika, Saturday (19/5/2018).

The training result, said Wika, is a common understanding about developing a rational and measurable planning method. That is by applying participatory mapping and the development of expertise and knowledge, in processing spatial data with GIS (Geospatial Information System).

The training involves some related regional government offices including the Village and Community Development Office (Dinas Pemberdayaan Masyarakat and Kampung), the Environment Office, Regional Development and Planning Board, and the Tambrauw Forestry Office.

“The involvement of regional government offices in this training is to prepare the participatory mapping facilitators and to improve their knowledge on Geospatial Information System (GIS) for inputting spatial data entries,” said Wika. (*)

Reporter: Hans Kapisa

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papuan Voices promotes indigenous Papuans in film festival

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Papuan Film Festival II Committee when holding a press conference at Jerat Papua office, Jayapura City. – Jubi / Abeth You

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan Voices will promote indigenous Papuans through Papua Film Festival II (FFP II) which is running in Jayapura City on 7 – 9 August 2018.

Papuan Voices established in 2011 and now stations in six regions of Papua, namely Biak, Jayapura, Keerom, Wamena, Merauke, Sorong and Raja Ampat.

“The theme of FFP II is indigenous Papuans struggling facing modernization. We chose this theme to response the current situation occurred in Papua,  said Chairman of the Committee of FFP II Harun Rumbarar in Jayapura on Thursday (7/5/2018).

In this festival, Papuan Voices wants to increase public awareness on the critical issues faced by indigenous Papuans.

“Also, it acts as a forum to strengthen filmmakers networking in Papua. Our works further explain the position of indigenous peoples in facing the waves of development and investment,” he said.

Meanwhile, FFP II Secretary Bernard Koten said his organisation recently focus on producing a short documentary film about human and the land of Papua, which assign to all levels of community in Papua, Indonesia and abroad.

“To see Papua through the eyes of Papuans, in the form of a documentary film,” Koten said. (*)

 

Reporter: Abeth You

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Using intelligence for election

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Book review “Intelijen and Pilkada” written by Stepi Anriani – Jubi / Arjuna

 

Jayapura, Jubi – It began from her curiosity about why her fellow activists who are considered smart, experienced and have broadened networks are reluctant to enter politics; Stepi Anriani wrote a book entitled ‘Intelijen dan Pilkada (Pendekatan Strategis Menghadapi Pemilu)’ – Intelligence and Election (Strategic Approaches to Election).

“The reason is simple, they do not have money, while for being elected as candidates of the legislatures, regents, mayors or governors need billions of rupiah,” she said in her book review conducted in Entrop, Jayapura City on Wednesday (16/5/ 2018).

The 225-page book discusses what the intelligence is and how one can use it to win regional and national elections without spending much money, because being aware or not, everyone has conducted intelligence activities in their everyday life to obtain accurate information to be verified and justified.

In the book, she categorises the intelligence into seven definitions, namely as information, knowledge, product, activity, process, organisation and profession. “The stronger a person’s intelligence is, the less money he spends.”

She also wrote how making the intelligence approach and winning an election without cheating. There are six main points can be applied: do not recruit wrong campaign team, strong character, strategy, counter-propaganda, gaining supporters and facing the opponent.

Attended the book review, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar, Papua Military Commander Major General George Elnadus Supit and Chairman of Papua Election Commission Adam e Arisoi became keynote speakers, while students, academics, community leaders and journalists joined the event.

“Intelligence is not just a domain of state apparatus, but anyone who wants to succeed in any field must able to understand to use it, including in politics,” said Boy Rafli. According to him, the National Police and Military use the intelligence to map vulnerable areas, especially potential social conflict areas.

In the same place, Major General George Elnadus Supit said intelligence and politics are like two inseparable coins. It is impossible to take power without money, but it depends on how the person manages his ‘intelligence’.

Meanwhile, Arisoi rates the book as very interesting because it tells the connection between intelligence and regional election.

The author of the book, Stepi Anriani was a graduate from the Public Administration of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Padjadjaran. She pursued her master study on Intelligence Strategic Studies at the University of Indonesia. She worked as an expert in the Indonesian House of Representatives and resource person in several government agencies. Currently, she pursues her doctoral study on Policy at the University of Indonesia and teaches in several places. She dedicates her book to her companions (Indonesian citizens). (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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