From remote villages to bustling cities: educating Indonesians about HIV

November 30, 2008

UNICEF Indonesia’s HIV/AIDS outreach team receives a warm welcome from the Arfak people of Papua, Indonesia.

UNICEF Indonesia’s HIV/AIDS outreach team receives a warm welcome from the Arfak people of Papua, Indonesia.

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By Suzanna Dayne

WEST PAPUA, Indonesia, 28 November 2008 – It is before dawn as a UNICEF outreach team departs on a bumpy six-hour drive up a steep mountain road to the remote village of Imbenti. The goal is to bring life saving information about HIV/AIDS to the approximately 100 families who are living in the Arfak moutains of West Papua.

In the past, the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS in such a small, rural community was not seen as very high. However, many young people are now leaving the village to further their schooling. As such, there is a fear that if these young people are not educated about HIV/AIDS, they could return to their village and spread the virus. Read the rest of this entry »

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On US Congress Letter to UN

March 4, 2008

Why did two senior members of  of the Committee of Foreign Affairs on West Papua
Congress of the United States sent a concern letter regarding condition  in West Papua to the United Nations?

Donald M. Payne and Eni F.H. Faleomavaega signed a letter that can be interpreted in at least three ways. Read the rest of this entry »