One indigenous civilian killed and two injured in Sogapa – 15 villages in Intan Jaya Regency reportedly affected by internal displacement

A military operation has been taking place in the regency of Intan Jaya after two military members were killed by members of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) on 17 December 2019. The Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (JPIC Kingmi Papua) reported further armed clashes between Indonesian Military Forces (TNI) and the TPN PB on 26 January 2020 in the district of Sogapa, Intan Jaya Regency. TNI members allegedly shot dead a motorcycle taxi driver named Bugalebega Kobogau (27 years). According to information received, Mr Kobogau ran outside after he heard nearby shots and was shot in his front yard. He died as a result of a head shot. It is believed that the assault was conducted with a sniper rifle – the projectile smashed large parts of the victim’s head (see Intro Image).

Victim JeksonTwo other indigenous civilians were injured during the clashes. Kayus Sani (34 years) sustained a bullet injury to his leg. Mr Sani was standing on the side of the road in Yoparu Village, as a projectile suddenly pierced his leg. He fled in panic into his house. Relatives treated the wounds in his house because Kayus Sani was afraid to go to a hospital. Another victim named Jekson Sondegau (8 years) was standing in front of a church in Holomama Village, as a bullet suddenly pierced the right side of his abdomen (see image on the right). Relatives were able to immediately bring Jekson to the Yokatapa Health Centre (Puskesmas) where he received medical treatment. He is currently recovering from the injury and will be able to leave the medical facility soon.

According to JPIC Kingmi, at least 15 villages have been affected by the military operation, causing indigenous residents to flee their homes. Cases of internal displacement were reported from the villages Titigi, Yoparu, Bulagi and Solagama, all located in the Sogapa District. In the district of Hitadipa, internal displacement of indigenous Papuans was reported from the villages Kulapa and Soyagama. The largest number of affected villages was reported from the district of Ugimba, where IDPs originate from nine different villages. The internally displaced persons from Intan Jaya reportedly sought shelter in a catholic church in Sogapa or fled to the regencies Nabire and Mimika. A villager named Nggapaneringga Tabuni (60 years), reportedly passed away on 20 December 2019 as a result of acute asthma, after he fled his home in the village of  Kulapa.

The following table shows areas where Indonesian military forces have recently been deployed to support the ongoing military operation against the TPN PB in the western central highlands of Papua Province.

No

Date

Deployed Personnel

Area

District

Regency

Additional information

01

19.01.2020

100

Obano

Paniai Barat

Paniai

Through

Nabire & Enarotali

02

20.01.2010

103

Komopa

Agadide

Paniai

Through

Nabire & Enarotali

03

18-21.01.2020

100

Wandae

Wandae

Intan Jaya

Through Nabire

04

18-21.01.2020

100

Pogapa

Homeyo

Intan Jaya

Through Nabire

05

15-21.01.2020

150

Titigi

Titigi

Intan Jaya

Through Sugapa

06

18-22.01.2020

200

Bayabiru

Bogobaida

Paniai/Intan Jaya

Through Nabire

07

18.01.2020

N/A

Sugapa

Sugapa

Intan Jaya

Through Nabire, Enarotali & Timika

08

18.01.2020

N/A

Enarotali

Enarotali

Paniai

Through Nabire