Wakol Yelipele on Racism in Papua

Racism in Papua

West Papua Blog received another statement regarding racism in Papua from Papuan student activist. Please check the statement during a webinar here.

Wakol Yelipele (Chair of PapuaCatholic Students Union or PMKRI Papua) stated that racism does not only occur in Papua, but racism is everywhere in all groups. Not only related to Papua. Regarding racism, he considered we must not separate Papua from Jakarta, we must unite as Indonesia.

He made his own movement to invite institutions to jointly fight racism. Wakol also stated that he traveled around Indonesia to solve problems and to unite Indonesia. Wakol put himself as a middle position that does not side with anyone. He prioritises justice, prosperity between regions throughout Indonesia.

According to him what young people need is more teachers, and according to him the government has no control for teachers. He hoped that the regent and deputy regent would encourage indigenous Papuans to study in other regions. According to him the government must prepare the campus with more majors such as fisheries and agriculture

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