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The Minister of Religion presented the Harmony Award for the Mayor of Jayapura, Benhur Tomi Mano

Religious harmony in Papua

Jayapura (ANTARA) – Minister of Religion Fachrul Razi presented the Mayor of Jayapura, Papua, Benhur Tomi Mano, the Harmony Award for fostering religious harmony.

The Minister of Religion gave the award when launching the We Love Papua Program, which at the same time held a meeting with Papuan religious and traditional leaders at a hotel in Jayapura City, Thursday.

The award was given for the concern of the Mayor of Jayapura in fostering harmony between religious believers.

After receiving the award, the Mayor of Jayapura, Benhur Tomi Mano, expressed his gratitude to all religious communities in Jayapura City who helped create harmony between religious communities.

Jayapura City is a common house, a safe, and peaceful home so that all its citizens can live side by side.

Moreover, during his eight years of leadership, he has made the city which is the capital of Papua a safe and comfortable home for all religious adherents.

For example, said Tomi, when commemorating Christmas, Muslim youths helped to secure the holy night worship and on the other hand, during Eid, the church youth would secure the night of takbiran.

The Jayapura City Government also built a FKUB building which became a place for all religious leaders to discuss and discuss work programs to maintain and improve harmony between religious believers, said BTM.

Apart from Jayapura City, there were four regions that received the award of religious harmony in Papua, namely Tolikara, Jayapura, Memberamo Tengah and Puncak Regencies.


Located on the western half of the island of New Guinea and long racked by a simmering violent separatist insurgency, Papua and West Papua are Indonesia’s two easternmost provinces.

A former Dutch colony, West Papua was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969, after an undisputed vote of about 1,025 representative tribal leaders. The result of the plebiscite was overseen and endorsed by the United Nations.

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This Blog has gone through many obstacles and attacks from violent Free West Papua separatist supporters and ultra nationalist Indonesian since 2007. However, it has remained throughout a time devouring thoughts of how to bring peace to Papua and West Papua provinces of Indonesia.

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