Message from the Head of Education Service in Papua to KKB (Armed Group): The Teacher You Killed, Wanted to Save Your Children…

The world of education in Papua Province is grieving after an elementary school teacher of Inpres Beoga, Oktovianus Rayo, and a mathematics teacher at Beoga 1 Public Middle School (SMPN) 1, Yonatan Randen, were shot dead by an armed criminal group (KKB). The two teachers were shot by KKB in Beoga District, Puncak Regency, Papua Province. The shooting drew criticism from a number of parties. Head of the Education, Library, and Archives Service of Papua Province, Christian Sohilait strongly condemned the KKB’s actions. He also left a message to the shooters. “The teachers you killed, wanted to save your children (from ignorance),” said Sohilait in Jayapura, Monday (11/4/2021).

Oktovianus and Jonathan were shot at different times. Oktovianus on Thursday (8/4/2021) and Jonathan on Friday (9/4/2021). Sohilait also spoke up about the KKB’s accusation that Oktovianus was a spy for the security forces. He called the accusations heinous.

He also added that the geographic location and minimal infrastructure facilities in Beoga meant that not many teachers were willing to be placed in that location. Beoga is at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level. “They are both honorary teachers. There is no way my teachers in such a situation would risk their life by carrying a weapon. I believe that accusation is false. For KKB, do not try to divert the public’s opinion, you have killed people,” said Sohilait. He also said that there were still seven teachers at Beoga. “Yesterday (10/4/2021) three teachers and two families had already been evacuated. There are still seven teachers in Beoga, but based on their own consideration, they are measuring whether they want to be evacuated or remain in Beoga,” said Sohilait.

KKB shot Oktovianus Rayo who was watching over a kiosk at his house in Julugoma Village on Thursday, at around 09.30 WIT. He died after suffering two gunshot wounds to the right rib. Meanwhile, Yonathan was the victim of a shooting on Friday afternoon. He suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. Yonathan was rushed by the community to Beoga Health Center, but he did not survive. The two bodies were evacuated to Mimika on Saturday (10/4/2021). The evacuation was finally possible after the Puncak Regency Government paid a ransom to the KKB to let the plane enter Beoga Airport.

Source: Kompas

7 Papuans Graduated from Corban University, Oregon

On May 4th 2019, A total of 10 Indonesian students are among those who celebrate their graduation at Corban University in the city of Salem, State of Oregon. 7 students are from Papua and West Papua, and 3 students from West Java and Banten.

The ceremony also attended by the Governor of Papua Province, Lukas Enembe, along with the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in San Francisco and the Education attaché of the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, DC. Governor Lukas Enembe encourages Papuan youth to study abroad with scholarships offered by the Papua Provincial Government.

Among them, 3 Indonesian students from Banten, West Java and Papua managed to get cum laude predicate in their graduation. In addition, one of the Indonesian students from Papua also received a ministry award from the Corban University campus.

The achievements of the young Indonesians is an honor that make Indonesia proud. Governor Lukas covey in his remarks “to all graduates, please continue to excel and contribute for the development of Indonesia. For students who still pursue their studies, keep focus on your study and take this opportunity to the fullest in your learning processes that can be useful for the people and the nation of Indonesia wherever they are. “

Governor Lukas Enembe also stressed that they are Indonesian citizens who are obliged to protectbring the name of Indonesia. He also advised Indonesian students from Papua to become agents of change for the development of Papua province and thrive for even better in the future. The graduates also received prizes from the Governor of Papua for graduating on the same year.

Minister Counselor / Economic Consul of the Indonesian Consulate General in San Francisco, Hanggiro Setiabudi congratutaled all the graduates, and requested all Indonesian students in the United States to pursue their study seriously so that can give contribution for the advancement of Indonesia. Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia in the United States are ready to help and assist all Indonesian students.

The education and cultural attaché from the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC, Popy Rufaidah, offer the students the opportunities of internships (optional practical training) at local companies for 1 year after their graduation. It is hoped that Indonesian students may take advantage of these opportunities.

The Governor of Papua also attended a series of graduation events with the celebration of Bakar Batu at the campus area of Corban University, which was also attended by 200 invitee of Indonesian lived in the city of Salem and local communities who had been supporting Indonesian students from Papua during their study in Corban Campus.

Source: Sindonews

Archaeologist Finds Megalithic Statue in Srobu Site, Papua

By Alfian Rumagit / ANTARANEWS

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) – An archaeologist from Papua Archaeological Center, Erlin Novita Idje Djami, together with her team, has found two megalithic statues of Polynesian style on the Mount Srobu site located in Abepantai Village, Abepura District, Jayapura City, Papua Province.

“In 2018, we have made a spectacular discovery, namely two megalithic statues of Polynesian style. But, I prefer to call them the megalithic statues of Srobu Papua,” she stated here on Wednesday.

She added that the discovery was extraordinary and unique because the statues were different from those found in other areas in Papua.

The two statues are one meter high and weigh around 50 to 60 kilograms.

“The two statues and other cultural materials are being analyzed at the Papua Archaeological Center,” Djami noted.

She revealed that the Srobu Mountain Site is one of the important archaeological sites in Jayapura city. This site is located on a cape in Youtefa Gulf. This area is a place for some locals to look for shells as raw material to make lime that is used for chewing betel.

“In February 2014, we got information that there were bones found in Srobu Mountain. The locals guessed the bones were those of Japanese soldiers,” she remarked, adding that the Papua Archeology Center, together with the Provincial Culture and Tourism Office, later went to the location to check the information.

“Surprisingly, we not only found bones but also various cultural objects, such as pottery fragments, stone tools, and mollusks shells. I can say that this is one of the great archaeological sites in Papua,” Djami revealed.

After that, the Papua Archeology Center set up a plan to conduct the first research in 2014.

“That year, we carried out a surface survey but did not cover all areas. We also carried out excavations and found a number of stone axe artifacts, oval axes, and tools made of shells, beside pottery with beautiful decoration, “he added.

According to E Djami , the findings of cultural objects characterize a culture from prehistoric times.

“From the dating, the Mount Srobu site has been inhabited since 3,780 before present or BP. This means the site is from Neolithic era, showing that Papua already has an extraordinary culture,” she noted.

In addition to Neolithic culture, in 2015, the researchers also found megalithic relics, in the form of menhirs and dolmens, which were neatly arranged on the ground.

“We will continue this research until this year. So, every year, our research on the Srobu Site discovers unique new things that illustrate a cultural revolution at that location,” she explained.

He hoped that the Srobu Site could become one of the historical tourist destinations in Jayapura City in particular, and Papua, in general.

“This Srobu Site is an open prehistoric settlement. Neolithic settlements in Indonesia are very few, but in Papua, the findings of this culture are extraordinary,” she elaborated, adding that Srobu Site is more unique than all the Neolithic or prehistoric settlement sites in Papua.

Source: Antaranews.com