Papua is Us: “Together We Build Papua”

Starting with the racist treatment experienced by our brother from Papua, the conflict situation in Bumi Cendrawasih is now increasingly volatile. Ranging from economic and political issues to intrigue between groups / tribes in Papua and between local governments and the central government.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri) through Ahimsa Indonesia held dialogue event to moderate the conflict that occurred in Papua with the topic “Papua is Us: Together We Build Papua”. This public discussion in collaboration with the Suara Mahasiswa Universitas Indonesia and the “Origami” Discussion Group, was held on October 23, 2019 at Warung Pasta Margonda, Depok.

The event was enlivened by the enthusiasm of the participants, who were mostly students, the nation’s young people. In general, this event aims to provide an understanding that the problems in Papua need to be resolved peacefully, through dialogue and cultural approaches without violence. Specifically, it aims to arouse the concern of the younger generation to participate in contributing alternative ideas for the common good and wholeness in the nation and state.

The speakers in this discussion came from practitioners and academics. Among them, Budi Arwan (Kasubdit Prov. Papua dan Papua Barat, Ditjen Otonomi Daerah), Muhammad Farid (Director Program of the Eco Nusa Foundation), anthropologist Dr. Tony Doludea (Abdurrahman Wahid Center UI), and Abd. Rahman M Werfete (Chair of the Indonesian Primordial Student Forum).