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Former defender of Persipura was shot in an incident at Makorem 172/PWY Jayapura



Victor Pulanda, former Persipura defender while undergoing treatment at RS Dian Harapan after being wounded by gunfire on the incident in front of Makorem 172 / PWY, Jayapura, Thursday (May 25) – Jubi/Abeth You

Jayapura, Jubi – Victor Pulanda, former defender of Persipura was one of the victims of security forces fired at the incident in front of Rayon military command (Makorem) 172 / PWY headquarters in Jayapura, Thursday (May 25).

Yohana, a witness said before the shooting took place, the mob threw stones at the Makorem because a member of the TNI who allegedly burned the Bible was staying inside. The crowds have gathered in front of Makorem since noon, after hearing information about the burning of Bible rumours.

The masses also blocked Abepura – Padang Bulan – Waena road segment.

“Masses and the soldiers are throwing stones to each other. And probably because one of the soldiers got hit, the people standing there (in front of Makorem) were disbanded by the security forces. There are a Panzer come out of Makorem,” said Yohana.

After the Panzer move forward to the crowd direction, all residents in front of Makorem running around to Jalan Sosial, Perumnas IV.

That was when the gunshot heard. “The shootings were upward but also down, that they shoot in the direction of the running masses,” she said.

That was the time when she saw Victor Pulanda fell. For some reason, she did not know who was a guy who collapses. Then she knew after she approached that he was Victor Pulanda, with blood on his shoulder. So she immediately shouted for help to from people in Nabire Student Dormitory.

Then Victor was immediately taken to Dian Harapan Hospital. “So he got shot in his right back shoulder,” said Yohana.

To Jubi, Victor Pulanda himself admitted that he was on location and came out of the house to look of what happen when smokes from burning tires spread in the location where he live not very far. He also wants to look for both his children there.

“I went up to the road because someone said there was a community action in front of Makorem Padang Bulan. At the same time I am looking for my two children who go to the crowd too,” he said.

When he saw the protesting community, Victor said he sees the gun coming and there was a shot. He saw two army (TNI) soldiers in front of the gunshot firing at the running men.

“The situation was getting uneasy especially when the two soldiers fired at the people who ran,” he explained.

When he arrived in front of the Nabire Dormitory to take shelter, he felt like he was beaten with a big wood on his back. And apparently there was blood and his shirt was torn.

“My hand cramped, probably my bone hit. I don’t know. There is a young sister who then took me here (to hospital). Apparently they (soldiers) have bad intentions towards the community,” he said.

Along with Victor Pulanda, Edi Siep and Alvian Ukago was also shot by gunfire. Both were wounded in their right leg. Edi Siep was immediately rushed to Dian Harapan Hospital while Alvian Ukago was taken to Abepura Hospital.

“There are friends looking for me. After that they immediately bring me here. The army that was shooting at us. I got hit on the right foot, “said Edi

Not only civilians, Jayapura City Police Chief, AKBP Tober Sirait and his aide also became victims of mass anger. Sirait was wounded by a mob throwing rocks.

Head of Public Relations of Papua Police, Kombes (Pol) A.M. Kamal said, Jayapura Police Chief, AKBP. Tober Sirait is also being treated at the Bhayangkara hospital from the throwing of the mob.

“At that time Police Chief Jayapura City and his adjutant tried to approach Makorem 172 Prajawirayapti but then they got beaten and thrown with rocks, “said Kombes (Pol) Kamal.

Regarding the alleged burning of the Bible, Regional Police Chief Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar said, there is no burning of the alleged Bible. According to him, the burning is unintentionally because an army who did it did was doing the cleaning and it was said the alleged bible was in a box of garbage.

“There is a pile of paper in the garbage bin and then burned, and it is rumored by an irresponsible person that those are bible,” explained Rafli Amar, Thursday (25 May).(*)


editor: Zely Ariane


Papua Governor: No more conflicts in Puncak Jaya




Illustration of Mulia City, Puncak Jaya Regency. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said Puncak Jaya District there should not be a stigma for Puncak Jaya District as a conflict area because it is not a killing field. In contrary, this area is safe and peaceful.

“I governed this region once, so I know what people want. For that reason, I ask the local government officials to be able to take care of the community so to avoid more conflicts,” told Enembe to reporters on Thursday (09/13/2018) at the Office of the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP).

Furthermore, the governor said to avoid conflicts between different tribes and groups; the government officials should not also act to represent their personal or group interests.

Separately, Papua Police Deputy Chief the Brigadier General Yakoubus Marjuki said that the police always try to use a subtle approach to solve conflicts in Papua.

“This is our commitment because we want every region in Papua to always be safe and peaceful including in Puncak Jaya.” (*)


Reporter: Roy Ratumakin

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Jayapura presents Tanah Merah Maritime Festival in November




The coastal indigenous dance performed at the Tanah Merah Maritime Festival last year. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – the Local government of Jayapura District started a campaign introducing the Maritime Festival of Tanah Merah (FBTM) that will be held from 19 to 21 November 2018 in Entiyebo, Tablanusu Village, Depapre Sub-district.

FBFM, which held in 2014 for the first time, is part of the annual tourism agenda of the local government along with the Lake Sentani Festival.

The Acting Head of Culture and Tourism Office of Jayapura District Benyamin Yerisetouw said his office has campaigned about this event to some village heads and community leaders in the five coastal sub-districts within the district.

“Our target is, by 19 to 21 November, all communities can participate in this event, in particular, those from the coastal areas, as well as domestic and international tourists,” Yerisetouw explained when met in his office on Friday (9/14/2018).

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Indonesian Commerce of Chamber and Industry of Jayapura District Hengky Yoku said the economic development of the local community relies on its potential resources.

“This area has many activities which can promote the cultural history of the local community. When this comes in forms of festival or performance, there is an economic value that resulted from transactions of local community and visitors who attend the event.” (*)


Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Taparu in Kamoro socioculture




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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