Mr Raki Ap, ULMWP Representative for Europe
The West Papua Transitional Government launched its Green State during the 2021 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, and in his presentation to the FRWP Open Day in Docklands a month later, Raki Ap contextualised the visionary project within his peoples’ history of Dutch and Indonesian colonialism, and the indigenous Melanesian values and practices that buttress this far-sighted policy framework. Raki was born in the Blackwater Refugee Camp in Papua New Guinea (a few miles from the West Papua border) soon after Indonesian commandoes assassinated his famous father Arnold Ap in 1984. Activists then helped his family to escape to The Netherlands where they have lived ever since. Raki’s presentation (42-min video): https://youtu.be/1zpyS_soiVI
Jacob Rumbiak, West Papua Transitional Government
Jacob outlined the philosophical basis of West Papua’s green-state policy framework, as “built on our belief in God, who created the skies and land and water and all life within those realms, and who commissioned us, as humans made in his image, to care for it; on our trust in Jesus who commanded us to love God and all creation, and one another including our enemies; and on our empowerment by the Holy Spirit to use universal law and modern science to develop out of our abused polluted homeland—in the face of adversaries with enormous determination, power and capacity—a disciplined well-governed state for us to live in abundance, and so become a blessing upon the people of the world including our Melanesian kin in the Pacific“. Jacob’s presentation in the FRWP Boardroom included a Q&A session that focussed on how independent West Papua planned to deal with all the foreign companies currently extracting the nation’s resources.
What does it take to live and thrive in West Papua?
The West Papua Womens Office Green-Cell Project as set up for volunteers to choose an animal, or a plant, or a bird (or even an element like air or water) and research what it takes for it to live and to thrive in West Papua. The office understands this grass-roots project as developing cells of information for the Green State launched by the West Papua Transitional Government at the 2021 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow. Today we look at the beginnings of the first two projects, the first on Amphipods, and the second on the Blue-Eyed Spotted Cuscus of Biak Island.
Babuan Mirino, Cuscus, a 2-min video-story
ii) Barbara Hall: Amphipods, the tiny forager essential to all terrestrial and marine life, a 8-min video story
Memorial for the Heroes and Martyrs
Rev. Dr Robert Stringer led a Prayer and Candle ceremony for all the West Papuans who have been killed this year, including the children, and for those who have died after the massive dislocation brought about the operations of the Indonesian Security Forces.
“A number of very dear friends have died or been killed in West Papua since we last met, and today we light a candle to remember and celebrate the lives of four of them. So let us pray for Pastor of Wally Roem, the pastor of the church in Wamena; Sandi Rumbiak, beloved son of Jacob Rumbiak; Simon Mosso, the Attorney-General in the West Papua Transitional Government; and Arnold Ap, the father of our guest speaker today who was assassinated by Indonesian Intelligence in 1984.
Almighty God we pray today for our brothers and sisters and friends in West Papua who have been oppressed and persecuted and abused for their faith just as Jesus was. We give thanks for the life and witness of Pastor Roem, Sandi Rumbiak, Simon Mosso, and Arnold Ap. Be with their families as they grieve their passing. Comfort and give courage to the people of West Papua who are experiencing physical harm, intimidation, and unjust imprisonment in the hands of their oppressors.
Gracious God, we thank you for welcoming into your arms all the martyrs who have given their lives for justice to prevail in West Papua. Give your heart to those who have lost loved ones because of persecution and restore them to physical and spiritual health.
For those who have persecuted our friends, we pray that their hearts will be touched by the wonderful faith of those they attack and murder. And we pray that they may be open in their hearts to you and the love of Jesus.
We ask for this in Our Lord’s name. Amen”
Dr Joe’s Auction for the West Papua Rent Collective
WP Rent Collective is a voluntary assembly of enlightened Australians who are contributing to the future of West Papua, and the security of their own country, by paying the rent on the West Papuans’ inspiring five-star-energy office in Docklands.
More on the West Papua Rent Collective at:
Launch, West Papua Green State, 2021 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, 4 November 2021
Click to watch (start at time-code 22:00) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_wocZfge3E
Transcript of speech by Ecocide Foundation’s Jojo Mehta:Jojo Mehta, Ecocide, Launch of West Papua’s Green State, 4 Nov 2021
Jacob Rumbiak: Powerpoint introduction to West Papua’s Green State, September 2021
Interview: Raki Ap, The Knight Show Podcast (23 October 2021)
A little relevant green literature (excerpt from The Fatal Dance by Bernard Sellheim)
“There is a vine trailing from the tree, waving in the wind, but when he blinks that vine is not a vine at all but a snake, a serpent spiralling about the branches, enormous, vibrant, shifting colour. It winds its way along tendrils of light, hanging down to speak of that for which he has longed and hunted. The mouth moves but Mada cannot discern one word from the next, so he reaches out a hand, tries to still the air so that he might better listen, and again there are the words at the far edge of hearing, secret names of all the seen and unseen things, the seven thousand names of earth, the shadow places between divinity and physics, offering them forth as a secret to be shared” (The fatal dance, Berndt Sellheim, HarperCollinsPublishers, Oct 2021*).
Dr. Berndt Sellheim is an Australian poet and philosophy professor. Born in Perth (WA), he lives with his family in Victoria Island (Canada) and later this year is planting a Hammarskjöld-WestPapua-IvanSmith Memorial with the Pacific Peoples Partnership. It is of little relevance but of enormous interest that Berndt’s grandfather, Gert Sellheim, designed the Qantas flying-kangaroo