A thousand candles for earthquake victims in Papua New Guinea from West Papua

1,000 candles action for earthquake victims in PNG Abepura was held in Abepura. – Supplied

Jayapura, Jubi – West Papua Solidarity conducted a thousand candles action in Abepura, Jayapura City on Sunday (11/3/2018) to express deep condolence towards the earthquake victims in Papua New Guinea.

“West Papuan people expressed their condolences for their brothers in Papua New Guinea who get struck by a natural disaster,” said the Bureau Chief of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Sem Awom.

This event also marked the launching the West Papua Solidarity for the earthquake victims in PNG. “Starting today, we will disseminate information on the solidarity act for the earthquake victims in Papua New Guinea,” said Awom.

Moreover, he said it would not close the possibility for other supporters in different regions in Papua to join in the act, including West Papuan people who live in Papua New Guinea. In addition, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua also calls the international community to build a solidarity team because the number of victims has reached seventeen thousand people and they need help and supports.

The 7.5 Richter scale earthquake was reportedly hit the mountainous area of the Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea, on February 26, 2018. It damaged houses and roads and killed more than 100 people, while 500 were reportedly injured.

Papuan human right activist Markus Haluk expected all Papuan people could help the victims by directly engaging in the act of solidarity. According to him, participating in the event was evidence that people have the bond of brotherhood with the victims. “I hope this act resonates throughout the Papuan regions,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Benny Mawel

Editor: Pipit Maizier