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In Indonesian occupied West Papua, the mainly Christian and animist population- already victims of murder and torture and displacement- are also having another weapon leveled against them. Without the consent of their families, children are being taken away and placed into "Muslim schools" in Java, where they are taught Islam. Those who do not go along face beatings and abuse, and some have died.

The practice of separating children from parents without their families' consent and taking them away for years has been practiced in North America by the Canadian government and some church denominations. While it seems that in Indonesia, it is not a government program, the government does allow this evil practice to go on, and is doing nothing to stop in.

The fact that West Papuan children are being taken away to residential schools where many are abused, and that Indonesian settlers are being brought to this occupied nation should be definite proof for anyone but the most blind that what is happening in West Papua is colonization and occupation, as well as a cultural genocide.

Anyone with any decency or concern for justice should be opposed to Indonesia's criminal occupation of this nation. Like the occupation of Palestine and Chechnya, it is a crime against humanity and a crime against God, in Whose image we have all been created.

May the occupied Palestinian and Chechen and West Papuan peoples, as well as peoples everywhere under occupation, be restored their dignity and freedom.

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Quote abuayisha Replybullet Posted: 03 January 2014 at 8:56am
A six-month Good Weekend investigation has confirmed that children, possibly in their thousands, have been enticed away over the past decade or more with the promise of a free education. In a province where the schools are poor and the families poorer still, no-cost schooling can be an irresistible offer.

For about 50 years, a separatist insurgency has been active in Papua and hundreds of thousands have died in their efforts to gain independence for the province. Christianity, brought by Dutch and German missionaries, is both the faith of a vast majority of the indigenous population, and a key part of their identity. Islam actually has an even longer history in Papua than Christianity, but it's of a gentler kind than what's preached in Java's increasingly hardline mosques and it's still, for the moment at least, the minority religion. But when the pesantren children return from Java, their faith has changed. "They become different persons," Papuan Christian leader Benny Giay, tells me. "They have been brainwashed".

The schools insist they recruit only students who are already Muslims, but it's clear they are not too fussy.


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Quote TG12345 Replybullet Posted: 03 January 2014 at 9:08am
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A six-month Good Weekend investigation has confirmed that children, possibly in their thousands, have been enticed away over the past decade or more with the promise of a free education. In a province where the schools are poor and the families poorer still, no-cost schooling can be an irresistible offer.

For about 50 years, a separatist insurgency has been active in Papua and hundreds of thousands have died in their efforts to gain independence for the province. Christianity, brought by Dutch and German missionaries, is both the faith of a vast majority of the indigenous population, and a key part of their identity. Islam actually has an even longer history in Papua than Christianity, but it's of a gentler kind than what's preached in Java's increasingly hardline mosques and it's still, for the moment at least, the minority religion. But when the pesantren children return from Java, their faith has changed. "They become different persons," Papuan Christian leader Benny Giay, tells me. "They have been brainwashed".

The schools insist they recruit only students who are already Muslims, but it's clear they are not too fussy.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/theyre-taking-our-children-20130429-2inhf.html#ixzz2pM6AiodU




The parallels between what is happening to the indigenous peoples of West Papua and what has happened to the indigenous peoples in North America and Australia are very disturbing.

Even more so is the world's silence.
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