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Jakarta Post

Some relieved, others remain concerned as internet shutdown not completely over in Papua

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya
    Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 8, 2019   /  01:09 pm
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Papuan students grouped under the Papuan Student Alliance protest in front of Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta on Aug. 28. (JP/Donny Fernando)

In her living room on Friday evening, Juliana Tando’s face instantly lit up as she saw her little brother’s face pop up on his father’s cell phone screen.  Her brother, Hendrik, had called them from Yogyakarta through  WhatsApp video call. Juliana, 35, is a high school teacher living with her father, Yunus, in Nabire, Papua . That call was the first time they had been in contact Hendrik through WhatsApp and seen each other’s faces after more than two weeks of a total internet blackout across Papua. “We talked through video call last night for almost an hour. After two weeks of only exchanging text messages and phone calls, it was bliss that we were able to finally laugh and see each other,” she told The Jakarta Post on Saturday. Juliana and others living in Nabire had been going on 18 days without i...