Mapenduma’s Age-Old Trauma
Natina Ubruangge fell silent as she reminisced on the incident that took place in her place of birth, 23 years ago.
The 32-year-old woman’s gaze went blank. “The pain is still felt today,” she said in a soft voice when we met her at a home in the Wamena District, Jayawijaya Regency, on Monday, March 18.
Twenty-three years ago, in January 1996, commander of the Free Papua Movement (OPM), Kelly Kwalik, and his men held researchers in the Lorentz Expedition hostage. Natina witnessed how the researchers were dragged from one village to the next...