The first person who introduce Indonesian nationalism in Papua

Soegoro Atmoprasodjo successfully instilled Indonesian nationalism in his students in Papua. However, he failed in the uprising against the Dutch. Martin Sitompul – Historia.id (translated by Papua Update) MARCUS Kaisiepo, a student of the Civil Service School in Kota Nica (now Kampung Harapan in Jayapura), heard the news of the proclamation of independence of Indonesia from…

“Makkareso” Enthusiasm of Bugis Merchant

This article is encouraging in the light of multiculturalism in West Papua The burnt down of Hamadi Central Market in Jayapura city, Papua, in 2006, could not be easily erased from Daeng Said’s (51) memory. It destroyed his asset in value of IDR 1 billion, a result of 20 years struggle in Papua. If I…

“Jamer” the doctor who loves Papua

Dr Onny Suwardi Redjo MPH still remembers the shock on young doctors’ faces when they heard Papua still had frambusia’s sufferers. “Is it true frambusia still exist?” said Suwardi copying question from some of the new doctors. Frambusia is not as severe as HIV/AIDS. It is easily treated with routine treatment. “This illness still exists…

Lukas: The Fish Caller

Tempo magazine 10-16 January 2011 He can summon different kinds of fishes at Doreri Bay, West Papua. Lukas Barayap got his ability from prayers. He believes man can communicate with animals as told by stories of Prophet Suleiman in the Bible and Koran. He guards and protects the ocean from threats of bomb explosion and…

Mediator of Seven Tribes

Bram Wakaburi In 1984, Yoel Abraham Wakaburi (50) was inspired to unite different tribes occupying their homeland at Bintuni Strait, West Papua. Initially, the obstacles were different languages spoken and tribal ego. Armed with his skill as field officer of agriculture, he succeeded in uniting tribal heads to sit together for discussion. The invitation of…

The true teacher of Papua

Frederick Sitaung POB/DOB: Kampung Bengala, Rante Pao, Tana Toraja, Sulawesi Selatan, 1972. Marital Status: Married (Spouse: Agustina Somolangi (34) with 2 Children: Elfan Sitaung (12), Aan Sitaung (9)) Education : Sekolah Pendidikan Guru (SPG) Rante Pao, Tana Toraja, 1992 Employment: Teacher and Head of Primary School SD Inpres Poepe, Merauke, Papua (1992-now) “We here need teachers, not birds!” So goes the joke popular…