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Sexual abuse and violence against children dominant in Merauke

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Merauke, Metro Merauke – Violence against women in Merauke Regency, Papua this year is dominated by sexual harassment and violence against children.

More than 50 cases of maternal and child abuse in families reported this year, most are violence against minors by their own parents.

Head of Women Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming Department of Women Empowerment Child Protection, Population Control and Family Planning (P3AP2KB) Merauke regency, Yosephita Aron said, sexual harassment and violence against children are more than just a case to women.

“It first influenced by development of technology, then the legal status of family is in questioned. Many who live together but not married,” she said Monday (August 7).

The lack of assistance to adolescents to prepare them when becoming parents and responsibilities they must carry out, because having children is not merely just live together. The parenting pattern in the family also contributes to the perspective and habits of the child’s growth.

She said the P3AP2KB Office can only provide assistance for complaints from the community related to violence against women and children, so that children and women have place to report.

“There needs to be cooperation from government, religion leaders and custom, which must run synergistically. Teenage mentoring in every religion should be strengthened. Preparation of pre-marriage includes the parenting in religious coaching,” she said.

She mentioned that 80 percent of children are left unattended outside home, not with parents or families to control and teach them about life, virtuous and moral. As a result, promiscuity, moral damage becomes rampant. (*)

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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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In August, 25 cases of child violence in Jayapura City

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Jayapura, Jubi – Department of Women Empowerment and Child Protection and Family Planning (DP3AKB) in Jayapura City, found violence against children has reached 25 cases until the end of August 2017. The data consist of sexual violence more than other physical violence.

“Society must be sensitive and should protect children from perpetrators of violence. Sexual violence against children had happen more because the influence of alcohol,” said the Head of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection and Family Planning Office (DP3AKB) Jayapura, Betty Pui, Tuesday (October 10).

According to Betty, the perpetrators are affected by alcoholic drinks that drive them to sexually abused minors. “So is another case of violence,” Betty added.

From these 25 cases there is one family who asked the case to be settled in kinship then gave it to Jayapura Police and processed by law.

DP3AKB together with Wahana Visi Indonesia (WVI) hold a joint appeal to the community in Jayapura City, to prevent violence against children.

“We appealed to the public to report to our office if somebody knew information about violence against children. Or to report it to the Women and Child Protection Unit (PPA) in Jayapura Police unit,” Betty explained.

Head of the Kanap Protection Center for Women and Children of Jayapura City Police, Irene Aronggear said during the year of 2017 they had handle the typical rape, obscenity, and adultery, toward adults and children in the city of Jayapura.

Irene said the data showed that victims are vary from children to adults, including college students.

“There are many underage victims because the perpetrators usually offered ‘presents’ or other promises to the victims,” said Irene.

The unit is also handles cases of rape that occurred based on persuasion and violence such as punches, threats using sharp tools, ect.(tabloidjubi.com/Zely)

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Ertyn Lani championed Indonesia Junior Top Model 2017

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Erthyn Lani with her parent – IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Ertyn Margaretha Wene Lani, junior model from Papua came out as the winner in two categories at the event of Indonesia Junior Top Model 2017.

“She won the championship in two categories: Intercultural Archipelago and First Champion of Top Model Indonesia 2017 in children category,” said Bonny Lanni, her father, to Jubi via short message Sunday (September 10).

“We thank the Government of Puncak Papua and the Puncak Arts Council for raising the potential of our children, and thank you for all the support from our family and relatives,” said Bonny Lanny, who is also a prominent musician from Walesi, Wamena Jayawijaya District.

He admitted that the audition was conducted quite hurried and he was overwhelmed because there was no preparation, especially no sponsors from the local government and the Papua provincial government.

But he said, “The feeling is deeply moved to hear our daughter come out as a winner despite the hustle-paced preparations but maybe God has other plans for our child.”

The competition that took place in Jakarta on September 9, 2017 leaves many stories for both parents of Ertyn. Ertyn who brought the good name for Papua participated on behalf of Papua even without the support of regency government and Provincial Government.

“So far we have been working on our own by borrowing money from the family and others to try to take our children to the national level. For the future hopefully there are people who can help to sponsor our child,” he said.

Despite not receiving the attention of the government properly, for Bonny it is a challenge that must be borne as parents who want to encourage their talented children, “without effort, just pray, it can be in vain,” he said.

Ertyn will get several contracts in Jakarta for a year to become a commercial and soap opera star.

Separately, Thedy Pekei a chairman of the Rasta Kribo Community (KORK) Papua congratulates Ertyn Margaretha Wene Lani who won the national competition. He hopes that the development of young Papuan children of this kind should get support from local and the provincial government.

“Support and guide them in achieving and developing their talents, because they are Papuan assets in the future,” he said.

Ertyn Margaretha Wene Lani, representing Puncak Regency, previously won the second category of children aged 4-7 years in Fashion and Top Model contest at provincial level of Papua held at Papuan Arts Council, Jayapura, last Tuesday (September 5). (*)

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