A recent string of shooting incidents points to a serious security problem in Papua, but the root of the problem is more complex than a group of people trying to gain independence from the Indonesian government.
Other factors such as dissatisfaction with the distribution of profits from Papua’s natural resources, resentment toward the government, efforts to internationalize the conflict and local politics related to regional elections also play a role.
Such complexities have rendered the government ‘helpless’ to overcome the multitude of challenges in the region. The most recent shooting incident in Jayapura and Wamena claimed the lives of two civilians and 43 people have died in shooting incidents since 2009, including security officers.
The government should immediately take action. Violence not only claims lives, it disrupts the daily activities of the local people and government.
As a result of the recent shootings, economic activities have been crippled. Stores and…
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