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Papuan women’s dream comes true

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Fri, March 9 2018   /  01:04 am
Dancing queens: Papuan women, who sell vegetables, fruits and souvenirs for a living, dance and sing to celebrate the launch of Mama-Mama Market in Jayapura, Papua, on Wednesday. Jayapura Mayor Benhur Tommy Mano officiated the launch, which coincided with the 108th anniversary of the city.(JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)(JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)

Dancing queens: Papuan women, who sell vegetables, fruits and souvenirs for a living, dance and sing to celebrate the launch of Mama-Mama Market in Jayapura, Papua, on Wednesday. Jayapura Mayor Benhur Tommy Mano officiated the launch, which coincided with the 108th anniversary of the city.(JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, dozens of mama-mama (Papuan women) sang and danced to express their gratitude for the new market they had been longing to have for years.

They are female vegetable sellers who have been struggling for a decent traditional market in Jayapura, Papua, for the last 14 years.

On Wednesday, Jayapura Mayor Benhur Tommy Mano officially opened the market, called Pasar Mama-Mama, coinciding with Jayapura city’s 108th anniversary.

“Here is where we will now trade,” said Welmina Paweka, one of the sellers, in a joyful tone.

Wel...