Archive for January 2009

The President SBY’s Attention to Papua

January 23, 2009

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has officiated several projects in West Papua province during his visit on 22 January 2009 to Mansinam Island in Doreh Bay, just off the coast from the provincial capital Manokwari. Mansinam Island was selected for Thursday’s ceremony because Papuans from both West Papua and Papua provinces consider it a sacred island that spawned Papuan civilization. That date is celebrated as Feb. 5, 1855, when German missionaries C.W. Ottow and J.G. Geissler landed on the island and began introducing the natives to Christianity. The president’s presence is historical, because of the six presidents who have led the country, SBY is the first president to visit Mansinam. “This is truly an extraordinary honor for Papuans,” according to Papuan old guy.

Before arriving in Manokwari on Thursday, Yudhoyono and his entourage spent a night in Sorong on 21 January 2009 and toured areas affected by an earthquake that rocked the province on Jan. 4, 2009. Yudhoyono is also scheduled to hand over post-quake aid to West Papua Governor Abraham O. Atururi. The aid includes Rp 3 billion (US$266,667) in funding, assistance for the rehabilitation of 2,009 severely damaged homes, 2,124 moderately damaged homes, and highway repairs in Manokwari and Sorong. On Sunday, January 4, a series of powerful earthquakes measuring 7.2 and 7.6 on the Richter scale jolted the districts of Manokwari and Sorong in West Papua, leaving at least four residents injured and a number of buildings including two hotels and West Papua governor`s office damaged.

Thank you Pak Presiden for your visit. We, Papuan, look forward to see you again here.

OPM Stabbed an Innocent Woman with a Sickle

January 12, 2009


Police in Indonesia’s Papua province were hunting about 20 suspected separatist rebels of the Papua Movement (OPM) who raided a police post and stabbed the wife of an officer before making off with four guns and ammunition.
They attacked a police post in Puncak Jaya district on Thursday night, 9 January 2009, said Papua police chief Bagus Eko Danto. ‘The woman is in critical condition after she was stabbed three times with a sickle,’ he said. He said the attackers were armed with traditional weapons such as sickles, arrows and other crude weapons. Bagus said the attackers also stole 60 bullets