Former beauty queen of Papua serves as Indonesia’s ‘transmigration ambassador.’

February 23, 2010

24-year-old Augustine Ariella Nere embarked from Jakarta on a mission to Mesuji district in Lampung, her second trip with government officials as the country’s “transmigration ambassador.”

Augustine was appointed to the post by the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration on Dec. 14. The former beauty pageant contestant says she wants a chance to talk with the minister, Muhaimin Iskandar, about her own ideas on how to improve relocation programs in far-flung areas of the country.

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OPM kill policeman

February 17, 2010

Jayapura — Police are investigating whether Papuan Separatism Movement (OPM) are responsible for the fatal shooting Monday of a policeman who was guarding a gas station in Indonesian province of Papua, a report said.

Four gunmen of OPM shot Sgt. Sharul, and stole his gun in the town of Mulia near the Freeport gold and copper mine, the Antara news agency quoted Puncak Jaya district police Chief Aleks Korwa as saying. Read the rest of this entry »

Dinner with a West Papuan Tribe

February 12, 2010

In the Upper Baliem Valley, West Papua, the Dani tribe live a neolithic life and rumours of cannibalism are rife

Chris Haslam — The warriors come over the ridge like a tidal wave, a fast-moving wave of 12ft spears, bows and arrows, and wicked-looking stone axes.

Naked but for feathered headdresses, bamboo breastplates and penis gourds protruding like horns from their loins, they run through the crackling grass in silent menace. The sun flashes off brown skin smeared with pork fat and, at a range of 300 yards, the formation changes to what a Zulu would recognise as the horns of the buffalo.

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Papua: Christians and non-Christians Celebrate 150 years of Evangelisation

February 9, 2010

Celebrations commemorate the arrival of the first missionaries from Germany. Everyone comes to share in the festivities, a “national holiday” for locals.

Manokwari (AsiaNews) – Indonesian Muslims join Christians in Papua to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Christianity’s arrival in the area. Most people of this easternmost territory of the country practice Christianity. The same is true for Flores Island and the Maluku Islands (Moluccas). But everyone gathered on Mansinam Island (Manokwari Regency) to celebrate the event. Read the rest of this entry »

700 Freeport workers pray for peace

February 5, 2010

(Jakarta Post) Mimika — About 700 workers from US-based gold mining company PT Freeport Indonesia held a mass prayer Wednesday, calling for peace after a shooting incident broke months of calm at their workplace in January. Read the rest of this entry »

Prominent Figure of West Papua passed away

February 2, 2010

Amersfoort — Viktor Kaisiepo passed away at the age of 61 in Amersfoort, the town where he resided. He was an internationally renowned fighter for developing the people of West Papua, the land where he was born. Kaisiepo had been seriously ill for some time, as stated by his wife.

In May 2000 the Papuan activist Viktor Kaisiepo set foot on his native soil for the first time in 38 years. In Indonesia, the political tide had turned, and President Wahid gave Western New Guinea its old name back: Papua. The indigenous people held a conference on the political future of the region and Viktor, then 51 years old, could not afford to be absent. Read the rest of this entry »