Papua Calling Episode 1, 2012 – Muslims Call for Peace

Papua Calling Episode 1, 2012 – Muslims Call for Peace Indonesia, Pacific, Videos, West Papua
March 30, 2012

Source: Engage Media

Ustad Adnan and Fadhal are part of a small minority of West Papuan Muslims. They argue that the problems in Papua don’t just affect the predominantly Christian population. “Don’t view the problems in Papua as Christian problems,” says Fadhal. “This is not a religious problem, this a humanitarian problem.”

Papua Calling is a Papuan Voices series on people’s accounts on the conditions of West Papua. The people in the series consist of religious and community leaders, students, activists, and everyday folks.

Papuan Voices

Many of us know that West Papua is fighting for independence – but what else goes on there? How often do we hear directly from the Papuans themselves about life in Indonesia’s most secretive province?

EngageMedia’s Papuan Voices project is a combination of empowerment and production. We collaborate with Catholic Church groups in Jayapura and Merauke to teach Papuan activists new video production and distribution skills so that they have the means to tell their own stories to the world.

Importantly, the stories we tell are not only framed around West Papua’s political struggle for independence. Why is this important? Because when a Papuan man punches an Indonesian soldier because the soldier has assaulted his sister, more often than not that man will be branded a “separatist” by the press and Indonesian authorities. The soldier will walk free while the Papuan will be charged with serious offences against the state.

These kinds of injustices occur daily in Papua and a lack of understanding about the issues affecting Indonesia’s poorest citizens works to entrench the problem.

The Papuan Voices project overcomes political, geographical and financial barriers – as well as lack of technology – to bring important Papuan stories to the world. In doing so, it shines light on the injustices that regularly occur behind the closed doors of this resource-rich and restive province.

Project partners: Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) MSC (Jakarta) and the Secretariat for Justice and Peace (SKP KC Jayapura).

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