July, 2011

How could God not be there?

Friday, July 29th, 2011

West Papua is an incredible place….and the most wonderful thing about the country is its people. Cultures are rich and complex. Community identity is strong. There is an amazing warmth that leads to deep, long lasting friendships. Melanesians are also forward thinking people. Embedded in their philosophy of life is the belief that one day […]  

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Managing urban growth in the Pacific

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Most people thinking about the Pacifc picture a tranquil rural setting, surrounded by coconut trees, the serene ocean and living an agricultural life that is plentiful in fruit and root crops with a sea teeming with fish.  That postcard perfect landscape is changing.  The population numbers are not as dramatic as the world’s mega cities, […]  

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The Plight of Cows and People

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

The cruel slaughter of cattle in an Indonesian abattoir recently (ABC TV, 30 May 2010) rightly outraged many Australians. Indeed, the reaction by some was quite forthright, even angry. No animal should suffer in this way. And the Australian Government was quick to act. Cattle exports to our northern neighbour were temporally suspended while an […]  

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Stop – Enough! Violence Against Women in West Papua

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

 In 2004 five Indonesian Special Services troops were ambushed and killed in the Puncak Jaya Regency of West Papua by the OPM, an outlawed group of Papuans fighting for independence from Indonesia. A military operation followed to hunt down those responsible. Locals were attacked and intimidated as homes were burnt, gardens were destroyed, livestock were […]  

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HIV/AIDS and West Papua’s Children

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Meet Heni. She is two and a half years old. Her father is dead and her mother has AIDS. Heni is also HIV positive. Born in the Baliem Valley of West Papua, Heni and her mother are two of a growing number of people hit hard by the HIV epidemic. Australian Government figures indicate the […]  

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