Return to Papua: There is no place but home

West Papua News Network

In early April 2010, at the office of Indonesian Embassy-Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, a family of Dusay consisting of six people had come with the intent to convey their desire to return to Jayapura. This case reminds us of the universal proverb that There is no Place but Home. In addition, this also indicates that Papuan people who live in the PNG are aware about the improvement of Papua and West Papua Provinces as part of the democracy process in the Republic of Indonesia.

Previously, repatriation of 278 Indonesian Papuan from PNG has been done successfully, by the Air Force’s Hercules aircraft. Those repatriation was divided into two groups. The first group numbered 124 people, went through Wewak on November 19, 2009, while the second group numbered 154 people departed from Port Moresby on 22 November 2009.

On March 17, 2010, the Directorate of the Protection of Indonesian Citizens and Legal Entities, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Indonesia in cooperation with the Indonesian Embassy in Port Moresby has facilitated the repatriation of seven Indonesian citizens from PNG. The seven people had been registered on Repatriation Program in 2009, however their strong desire to join back with the relatives can only be implemented on March 17, 2010. Their arrival at the border of Skow-Wutung from Vanimo greeted by family and they went to Jayapura together. The process of repatriation is part of the responsibility to protect Indonesian citizens abroad and is a manifestation of caring and concern of the government of Indonesia and the hard work of Indonesian Embassy in Port Moresby with an excellent coordination with the Directorate of the Protection of Indonesian Citizens and Legal Entities.

The increasing number of Papuan people who desire to return home from PNG proves that peace and order in Papua has been gradually improved, coupled with Special Autonomy programmes that provide opportunities for the regions to be developed by local people. The reasons they return to their beloved home because of the many difficulties faced in foreign countries, related to language, education, employment, as well as security guarantees, which may not be all they get.

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