Leaders of two of the main churches in Papua, the Kingmi Church and the Alliance of Baptist Churches in Papua, say that many of their church members are now afraid to leave their homes in the evening.
The chairman of the Baptist Alliance, the Revd Socratez Sofyan Yoman said that the efforts by the Papuan people to transform West Papua into a zone of peace are being obstructed by certain forces. The recent series of shootings is turning Papua into an Emergency Zone.
According to the Rev. Socrates, the core of the conflict in Papua is greed on the part of those who violate human rights. The Indonesian government is dealing with the situation in Papua by strengthening the repressive security forces, the TNI and the police, while paying no attention to the health and educational needs of the Papuan people.
‚The government continues to…
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