Jayapura, Jubi – Six members of Indonesian National Army (TNI) on Tuesday, October 17, entered the house of journalist Suara Papua in Enarotali, Paniai without permission. The apparatus said they were looking for a street child who runs into the journalist’s house.
The journalist, Stevanus Yogi had reported on Tuesday (October 17) at 12 noon local time, that the six TNI members were not wearing uniform with full weapons went inside his residence in Enarotali, Papua.
Yogi recounted that after the six soldiers arrived at his residence, without questioning, three members of them went straight into the house and check into each room, while the other three members remain outside while checking his home yard.
“They (the TNI) came from Iyaipugi market direction, did not ask for permission and went straight into the house to check. I did not say anything because I was also shock,” he said to suarapapua.com from Enarotali, Paniai , Papua.
After checking inside the house and yard, while leaving the house, Yogi said, one of the six TNI members said they were checking his house because there was a thief who fled to the journalist’s residence.
“They check around in the house about 2 minutes and then leave.When they leave one of them say, we check the father has a house because there are child stolen laptop aibon and money run here,” he said imitating one of the TNI members.
Stevanus said he was scared and intimidated by the arrival of the apparatus suddenly and after arriving straight into the house and checking the entire house.
“I saw three people carrying guns, three others with bayonet knives, they did not touch me, but their behavior and look were very disturbing and I felt intimidated,” Yogi said, the arrival of TNI members was very suspicious, because they only visited his house.
“I feel undermined and not being appreciated, because they do not ask for permission to me as the owner of the house, I am also suspicious because they come and check my house, while other houses are not,” he explained.
According to him, the arrival of the six TNI members was only to terror, because, Yogi said, only himself who worked frankly as a journalist in Enarotali.
“But I will not be afraid of anybody, I will keep the spirit of working as a media worker because it is time for Papuans to write and proclaim what Papuans see, experience and feel,” Yogi concluded.
Responding to that, Arnold Belau, the Chief Editor of the Suara Papua, said that he had received reports from Yogi. Belau agreed that the TNI members who arbitrarily enter Yogi’s house were a form of intimidation and terror to journalists.
“The arrival of the officers to the house with an excused of looking for thieves was form of terror and intimidation … why did they only check Yogi’s house while other houses are not?” Belau questioned.
Belau also said the actions taken by the authorities were not conducted when his reporters carried out the coverage. That is why he suspects that it was actions of terror.
“And I suspect (the arrival of the apparatus) has something to do with the news in Suara Papua related to Paniai not long ago,” he said. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)
Attorney says Skrypski forced to attend the trial
Wamena, Jubi – The trial against the Polish man Jakub Fabian Skrzypski and Simon Magal accused of treason finally be held at Wamena District Court on Monday (1/14/2019).
Chief Judge Yajis, SH, MH accompanied by member judges Roberto Naibaho SH and Ottow W.T.G.P Siagian, SH read the 14 pages charges for both defendants.
Earlier, the Polish Jakub Fabian Skrzypski went on a hunger strike and declined to attend the trial on 8 January 2019 as he preferred to continue the hearing in Jayapura. His act consequently caused a delay.
For the recent trial, however, as Skrzypski still denied the trial, his attorney Yance Tenoye said the prosecutor came to the police custody to force his client attending the hearing.
Furthermore, Tenoye said the attorney team has tried to persuade his client to pursue the trial, but he remained to refuse. However, they thought he has the right to do so.
“However, the prosecutor said that he would take Jakub to the trial after coordinating with the security forces. So Jakub was forced to attend the trial. Even the prosecutor said inappropriate words against him,” Tenoye told reporters after the trial.
Moreover, Tenoye said the trial run smoothly. However, the defendant’s application to have a Polish interpreter was denied by the court, as English was considered enough by the judges.
“I think it’s defendant’s right to ask for the Polish interpreter and the court should consider it,” said Tenoye.
By contrast, the prosecutor Ricarda Arsenius, who’s also the Head of the General Crime Department of Jayawijaya Prosecutor Office, said no intimidation occurred regarding the attending of the defendant at trial.
He further claimed what he did was only to prompt the order of the panel of judges to bring the defendant to the court. “Jakub initially objected to coming to the hearing, but after we talked and convinced him, he changed his mind. The next session will be held on 21 January 2019 to hear the exceptions by defendants’ attorney team,” Arsenius said.
Meanwhile, Latifa Anum Siregar from Skrzypski’s attorney team admitted that in the next trial, her team would present their exceptions from two aspects. First, the chapters of law applied by the prosecutor to charge her client. The prosecutor uses the alternative chapters 1 or 3 or 4, which show the hesitant of the prosecutor which sections should he presents at the hearing. Moreover, according to her, these articles are weak to apply in the court.
“The second aspect is we will observe the clearance and the compliance of the charges. We will prepare our exceptions for the next 21 January,” she said. (*)
Reporter: Islami Adisubrata
Editor: Pipit Maizier
The story of Nduga refugees: Mother died while giving birth to her child
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
Current conditions of Nduga refugees: getting sick, trauma and injuries
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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