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Deputy Minister Stuns Solpap Filing Summons to Jokowi

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Major General Yoedhi Swastono, Deputy Minister for Domestic Political Affairs of the Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs, expressed his surprise when asked about a plan by the Indigenous Papuan Traders Solidarity (SOLPAP) to consult President Joko Widodo regarding the construction of a permanent market for indigenous Papuan women traders, known as mama-mama Papua - Jubi

Major General Yoedhi Swastono (right), Deputy Minister for Domestic Political Affairs of the Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs, expressed his surprise when asked about a plan by the Indigenous Papuan Traders Solidarity (SOLPAP) to consult President Joko Widodo regarding the construction of a permanent market for indigenous Papuan women traders, known as mama-mama Papua – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Major General Yoedhi Swastono, Deputy Minister for Domestic Political Affairs of the Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs, expressed his surprise when asked about a plan by the Indigenous Papuan Traders Solidarity (SOLPAP) to consult President Joko Widodo regarding the construction of a permanent market for indigenous Papuan women traders, known as mama-mama Papua.

“Filing summons? Well, it is clear that women traders must be included in the program. I have visited Papua twice,” Yoedhi told Jubi after the seminar on ‘Follow Up the President Jokowi’s Policies to Peace Land Papua held by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences on Wednesday (27/1/2016) in Jakarta.

However, he expected the Papuan women traders’ empowerment to be able to give contribution. Indeed it needs protection. He further said currently his office is coordinating with the National Development Planning Agency (Bapenas) to create a design of Papua Development. “Thus, we would submit our output to Bapenas for they have the entire description,” he said.

There were impression during his several visits to Papua, he often mentioned about the market for women traders in Sentani, Jayapura Regency as well as Youtefa traditional market, Jayapura Municipality and likely to forget the Papuan women’s aspiration to get a market construction for indigenous Papuan traders in the center of Jayapura City. Yoedhi said it is his task giving to Jokowi.

“Trial and error, that’s normal. Nothing is perfect including development. Improve the accomplished thing and fix the less. That’s all. It calls the philosophy of development,” he said.

Meanwhile, Victor Mambor who takes part providing advocacy for SOLPAP said the talk on market construction has been raised since 2003 but it has no result. “We are currently coming to a conclusion that this issue has become a project. It might those who stand around Jokowi and Provincial Government want to get this project. So it is now turning to a competition to get a project. It is not about to build a market anymore. It is not about the indigenous Papuan women traders. I am not at the conclusion. Therefore, we will file summons to the President Jokowi, maybe next week,” said Mambor. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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Taparu in Kamoro socioculture

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Kamoro women when sorting out sago caterpillars. – Jubi / Doc

Mimika, Jubi – Each clan in Kamoro has ‘taparu’ or a specific location as a place to find food sources when they encircle rivers and mangroves in the lowland estuary of Mimika District.

A Dutch anthropologist J Power states ‘taparu’ is a local terminology emphasizing the relations of land and its inhabitants. “There are also the names of surrounding neighborhoods taken from the ancestral names,” as written in a book “Taparu Fratri of Mimika-Kamoro ethnic groups in Hiripau Village, East Mimika District, Mimika Regency”, by Dessy Pola Usmany et al. from the Ministry Education and Culture Directorate General of Culture Papua Cultural Value Conservation Center, 2013.

‘Taparu’ itself is more related to groups who inhabit within this region or surrounding environment as Kamoro people always encircle the river and sago forest for catching fish or gathering food. Everyone knows their own ‘taparu’.

‘Taparu’ in Kamoro language means the land, while Sempan people call it ‘se iwake’. If someone wants to mark the land he passes in gathering food, he solely adds the prefix ‘we’ such as tumamero-we and efato-we in Omawka village.

Similarly, people in Nawaripi village also do the same. Their areas are including Tumukamiro-we, Viriao-we, and Iwiri-we. All of these names reflect the relationship between the land and inhabitants.

Meanwhile, like the majority of Kamoro people, Ojibwa people believe in the power of their late patrilineal clan that depicted in the symbols of animals. The anthropologists call these symbols with totems which mean a belief that embodies a symbolic representation of society.

Unfortunately, today taparu also face the severest challenges of sedimentation due to tailings of mining activity that cause the silting of river and discolouration of Mollusca habitat in the estuary of Mimika District. (*)

 

Reporter: Dominggus Mampioper

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Jayapura indigenous school pays attention to children’s rights

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Children in the Indigenous School learn how to carve. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – Director of Indigenous School of Jayapura District Origen Monim stated that he would pay attention to the rights of children studying at his school as it stands in an area declared as a child-friendly village.

“We have a guide about what indicator of a child-friendly village is, which was given by the Head of the Women Empowerment and Child Protection Office. So it would be our concern,” said Monim in Sentani on Tuesday (09/11/2018).

He further explained that the indigenous school runs their activities every day, from 14:00 to 16:30 Papua time, and a speedboat provided to pick up students to school.

“So far we operate independently. In the future, we would also try to provide snacks or additional food for children in Khandei class, namely for those aged 8-13 years,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the Head of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Office of Jayapura District, Maria Bano confirmed on the guide of the child-friendly village that already implemented in the Indigenous School of Jayapura District.

“Children from formal school continue their learning activities there, in the indigenous school, which encourage children playing and having fun with their friends. Because at their age, children need to observe their environment and people around them,” said Bano. (*)

 

Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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KNPB supports Kanaky for self-determination

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KNPB and Gempar Papua activists at the Secretariat of Central KNPB. – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – Central West Papua National Committee (KNPB) held a limited discussion to support FKLNS (Organization of the Liberation Struggle of the Kanaky Tribe in New Caledonia) which has been well received by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) to conduct a referendum in November 2018.

The First Chairman of Central KNPB Agus Kosay said it’s time for Kanaky to get self-determination from French colonialism.

“Kanaky must declare their self-determination. If Kanaky gets their independence, it would be able to give their support to West Papua because we share the same situation, which lives under the colonialism,” he said on Wednesday (08/12/2018) in Jayapura.

Meanwhile a member of Gempar (Papuan Youth and Student Movement) Nelius Wenda said as a nation oppressed by Indonesia, West Papua fully supports the referendum agenda of New Caledonia.

“Kanaky must determine their destiny. It must be far better than being under the French colonialism. In the future we Papuans are just like Kanaky,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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