World Church Council visit expected to boost suffering Papuans

Welcome ceremony of the World Church Council at Wamena Airport. -Jubi / Lapago Customary Council

Jayapura, Jubi – The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) appreciates the visit of the World Church Council in Papua.

“ULMWP appreciated the visit of the delegation of the World Church Council in West Papua,” said Markus Haluk to Jubi reporter on Monday (18/02/2019) in Waena, Jayapura City.

Meanwhile, the Rev. Benny Giay, the Chair of Papua Gospel Church Synod (KINGMI) said the church has moral obligations and burdens in the process of resolving the Papuan problem.

“It’s part of the church’s political sins of in Papua in the past, and now it’s duty is to recover it,” said Giay during a discussion on a book “Pastoral Letters” held at P3W Building, Padang Bulan, Jayapura City, some time ago.

Further, he exemplified two cases as the past political sins of the church. “It contributed to give away Papua to the Republic of Indonesia,” Giay said. After that, he continued, the church also supports the killing of Papuans. Thousands of people died with the approval of the church.

” In 1977 to 1978, with the Paniai regent and Nabire Military Command to hold a military operation in Jila and Bela. Many congregations of KINGMI were killed at that time,” he wrote. Therefore, according to him, the churches must talk about the issue of Papua for the sake of upholding human values. (*)


Reporter: Benny Mawel

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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