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Jayapura police intensify security ahead of regional head elections

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Jayapura, Jubi/Antara – Jayapura Police have intensified security measures to prevent crimes and traffic accidents ahead of the simultaneous regional head elections (Pilkada) scheduled on February 15, 2017.

The police have urged bars, night clubs, massage parlors, and liquor shops to remain closed during the elections, Head of the Jayapura City Police Resort Adjunct Senior Commissioner Tober Sirait remarked here, Monday.

Besides this, safety should be prioritized, and hence, vehicle worthiness should always be checked, he emphasized.

Meanwhile, Chief Papua Provincial Police Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw has made assurance that the situation in Papua is safe and under control ahead of Pilkada.

“Overall, the security and public order situation is safe and under control. Hopefully, such a situation would be maintained,” he noted.

In Papua Province, the regional head elections will be held simultaneously in Jayapura City and Jayapura District, Mappi, Sarmi, Tolikara, Nduga, Intan Jaya, Puncak Jaya, Lanny Jaya, Dogiai, and Yapen Islands District.

As many as 4,872 security personnel, comprising police and military officers, have been deployed to guard pilkada.

Logistics for pilkada have been distributed since Feb 6 in Papua and West Papua by helicopters rented by the National Regional Elections, among other things.

Earlier, acting governor of West Papua Province Eko Sorong had quoted President Joko Widodo as saying that the upcoming pilkada in the province would hopefully run peacefully and smoothly.

“Some 101 regions across Indonesia, including four in West Papau, will hold pilkada. The president hopes that it would be implemented smoothly and peacefully,” Eko Subomo said in Sorong on Friday (Feb 10).

Pilkada will be implemented in Maybrat, Tambrauw, Sorong City, and Sorong District in West Papua on Feb 15.

He called on the inhabitants of West Papua to maintain unity during the democratic event.

“I really hope for the support of the West Papua people to make pilkada a success,” he added. (*)

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The story of Nduga refugees: Mother died while giving birth to her child

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Refugees in Nduga – Jubi/Doc

Nduga, Jubi – On Wednesday (9/1/2019), the sixteen-years-old Inambo Tabuni just arrived in Wamena, and she told her story in a refugee camp. 

Soldiers came by helicopter; a bomb dropped into the village.

People fled to the forest to save their lives. Many parents were separated with their children, while those who’re in refugee camp feel grateful that they can run away,” she recounted the incident occurred in the mid-December 2018.

The refugees take shelter in provisional tents and caves in the forest. They have insufficient food to eat. Men took a risk walking dozens of kilometres to reach gardens. They gathered sweet potatoes and taros from the garden in the night.

It helped us to stand for two or three days. After that, men will return to the garden and come back in the night,” she said.

According to her refugees are distributed into small groups to a big group. “Each group contains at least ten people or more.”

She also revealed their suffering living in a refugee camp. “It seems that we are living in someone else’s place. We want to live safely in our village.”

When she arrived in Mbua from Dal, a pregnant woman Selfina Lokbere (32 years old) just came from a refugee camp, and last week Lokbere reportedly had a delivery complication. Both mother and child died.

Selfina Lokbere, who was the wife of Yakerena Umangge, reportedly gave birth to twins. Her first twin managed to be smoothly born, while the second got stuck during delivery.

The second child did not come out, so the mother tried to pull her baby out, but she couldn’t make it.”

Meanwhile, Elinaus Tabuni, a member of the health care team of Papua Province in Mbua Sub-district, Nduga Regency, confirmed the incident that occurred on 2 January 2019.  

This woman just arrived from the forest and gave birth. She had only a child who died with her during the delivery,” he said.

Further, the congregation of Imanuel Church of Mbua takes care of the funeral of Selfina Lokbere and her child, while the medical team checked the rest of her family. It turns out that she has other six children who are still alive. They are Esok Umangge (7), Londice Umangge (8), Ason Umangge (9), Jemison Umangge (3), and the twins Rinthi dan Rentha (2,6). Currently, the twins of the late Selfina Lokbere, Rinthi and Rentha then raised by Gelipa Tabuni, their mother’s relative.

In the meantime, locals said the cause of her death is because she didn’t eat and drink well while in the refugee camp, whereas the medical team thought it’s possibly because of her giving birth too often.

Meanwhile, related to Nduga refugees, the Secretary of Youth Church Solidarity Alfonsa Wayap said three children were reported dead in refugee camp due to malnutrition. The children Ubugina Unue (2), Bugun Unue (1) and Raina Kogoya (5) died in Yal Sub-district.

The local also said there are ten pregnant women among them. “Some already give births while some are waiting for the due date.” (*)

 

Reporter: Benny Mawel

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Current conditions of Nduga refugees: getting sick, trauma and injuries

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Women and children in Yigi Sub-district come to the central of sub-district from refugee camp to meet the evacuation team. – Jubi/Victor Mambor

Wamena, Jubi – The health care team of Province Papua assisted by the Health Office of Nduga Regency, which was deployed to provide health services in sub-districts affected by gun conflict in Nduga, has returned to Wamena after serving the community.

Based on three days health examination (from 8 to 10 January 2019) implemented in sub-districts of Mbua, Dal and Mbulmu Yalma, they found common diseases appeared among the refugees.

The health care team coordinator dr Beery I. S Wopari explained this happened due to lacking food supplies. “In our struggling to overcome the geographical challenge during the services, there are indeed some diseases that dominantly found among adults and children,” he told reporters in Wamena on Friday evening (11/1/2019).

He added that his team found many cases of joint and bone pain as well as the pain in the entire body and headache. There are also some cases of high blood pressure among men and women.

Meanwhile for children, infants and toddlers, the common diseases found in respiratory infectious diseases such as flu and cough as well as diarrhoea, intestinal worms and wounds. They also found some pregnant women among the refugees. 

Many children also have wounds in their body as a result of falling in the running.

Dr Wopari also revealed that there are three adults wounded by gunshot, but they didn’t come to treatment so that the team only gave medication to reduce pain.

Meanwhile, a member of health care team Elianus Tabuni admitted that the deployed team has 16 people consisting of specialists, medical practitioners, and nurses and assisted by a team from the Health Office of Nduga Regency. The three days services concentrated in three sub-districts, Mbua, Dal and Mbulmu Yalma, Nduga Regency plus Ilekma Sub-district, Jayawijaya Regency because many people fled to Wamena.

The team also planned to go to Yigi Sub-district in the third day, but due to an unfavourable situation, they returned to Wamena to continue their service there.

We communicated with the military regarding the update situation in Yigi. They suggested us not to come to the area because of gunshots arbitrary caught in this area. We assumed it was a bad sign for us to continue our journey to Yigi Sub-district,” said Elianus Tabuni.

He also admitted besides the geographical difficulties and cold weather, people who come for treatment didn’t trust them for the first time.

They might be traumatic thus they ever questioned us whether we came to help them, to provide health services or another else,” said Tabuni. (*)

 

Reporter: Islami Adisubrata

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Skrzypski goes to a hunger strike asking for trial moved to Jayapura

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First trial of Jakub Fabian Skrzypski and Simon Magal which delayed on 17 December 2018. -Jubi/Islami

Wamena, Jubi – After being delayed, the trial of an indictment reading against the Polish defendant Jakup Fabian Skrzypski and Simon Magal, that scheduled to be held on Tuesday (8/1/2019) at Wamena District Court have postponed one more time.

His attorney Welis Doga in Wamena District Court revealed that he and Simon Magal’s attorney had been in the court while waiting for the prosecutor to pick up the defendant Skrzypski from Jayawijaya police detention. However, the prosecutor called to inform him that his client refused to come to the trial. He finally went to the police detention to persuade him attending the court.

He then revealed the reason why his client refused to come. “He wanted the trial to conduct in Jayapura.” For that reason, currently, Skrzypski goes to a strike hunger in detention.

“Then I talked to the attorney, the food has properly accommodated, but it might be about the different treatment he had in his country, Poland. That might be the reason why he refused to get a trial in Wamena,” he said.

After coordinating with another legal counsel, Welis Doga asked the court to postpone the trial until 14 January 2019. “For Jacob, I will talk with another legal counsel as well as speak to him about the possibility to follow this stage. Therefore, I’ve tried to talk with the judge. However, the court has no right to move the trial to Jayapura,” said Doga.

Separately, Simon Magal’s attorney David Maturbongs admitted he initially had the same thought as Skrzypski, trying to ask for the transfer of trial location from Wamena to Jayapura.

“We had tried, but the High Prosecutor’s Office said the time already passed. It should be communicated from the start and pleaded to the Supreme Court asking for the transfer of trial location from Wamena District Court to Jayapura District Court,” he said.

Previously, the inaugural trial with the agenda of reading the charges against defendants Jakub Fabian Skrzypski (39 years) and Simon Magal aka Simon Carlos Magal (30 years) scheduled for Monday (12/17/2018), also had to be cancelled because of the interpreter of the defendant Jakub Fabian Skrzypski was not present. As a result, the Chief Judge Yajid, SH., MH along with member judges Roberto Naibaho, SH and Ottow W.T.G.P Siagian, SH postponed the reading of the indictment until 8 January 2019.

Meanwhile, the Prosecutor Ricarda Arsenius said because of the trial occurred in Indonesia should refer to the Indonesian Law, and use Bahasa Indonesia.

“We have already called the interpreter, but because of the difficulties getting air ticket during the holiday, we cannot present the interpreter,” he said. 

Jakub Fabian Skrzypski is a Polish citizen who’s the first foreign national in Indonesia to be tried with treason articles, namely Article 106 of the Criminal Code and or Article 110 of the Criminal Code and or Article 111 of the Criminal Code in conjunction with Article 53 of the Criminal Code and 55 of the Criminal Code. He’s charged with life imprisonment or a maximum of twenty years imprisonment. (*)

 

Reporter: Islami

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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