In December 2018 Papuan rebels abducted and executed nineteen Indonesian labourers working on the controversial Trans Papuan Highway in Nduga Regency in Papua’s Central Highlands. The Indonesian government’s response was swift, brutal and wildly disproportionate. Under the pretext of hunting rebels, the mostly Javanese Muslim Indonesian military (TNI) ‘swept’ through the Nduga Regency, destroying homes and gardens, schools and churches, and displacing some 45,000 indigenous Melanesian Christians.
Today, because the TNI operations persist and because displaced Ndugans are denied access to humanitarian aid, 263 displaced Ndugans have died of sickness, infection and starvation. Human rights abuses, including murder, are committed with impunity, driven by the racial (Javanese) and religious (Islamic) supremacy of the colonial power (Indonesia). The indigenous Melanesian Christians of Indonesia’s eastern Papuan Provinces desperately need our prayers.
PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL INTERVENE TO:
* effect the withdrawal of the mostly Javanese Muslim Indonesian military from Nduga Regency, so that tens of thousands of displaced indigenous Melanesian Christians can return to their lands and homes.
* enable the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid – food and medicines – to arrest the trend of Papuan deaths from disease, infection and starvation.
* facilitate a visit by the UN Human Rights Office (which is seeking access and has been promised access) so that the Jungle Curtain of secrecy might be pulled back and the truth about Indonesia’s abuses in the Papuan Provinces exposed.
Source: Elizabeth Kendal Director of Advocacy at Canberra-based Christian Faith and Freedom (CFF) and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology.