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Date Posted: 21:18:34 01/16/04 Fri
Author: Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation
Subject: Re: Suspicious death of Mark Worth, journalist, film maker and campaigner
In reply to: PMW 's message, "Suspicious death of Mark Worth, journalist, film maker and campaigner" on 17:58:07 01/16/04 Fri

re: 4276 PAPUA: Journalist Mark Worth's sudden death shocks

What I have just read re Mark Worth's death and the worsening situation in West Papua can leave noone silent.

As we struggle for a better pacific, i cry to read more of this violence being perpetruated on papuans without any democratic powers taking any notice and/or strong interest to bring a positive change.

This goes beyond the fight for soverignty vs colonialism; it takes us to the basics of the "right to live and peace".

I hope the international community finally sees the situation in West Papua or Iryan jaya (which ever nomination pleases) ... but that foremost, the right to live prevail and peace may be.

we do not need to be political to be called by the situation in Papua.

as the leader of an organisation fighting against HIV/AIDS and for better quality of life for those affected by HIV in the Pacific islands, i ask: how many generations will have to undergo these atrocities before something is done? how many women and young girls will be raped and who knows, infected with HIV as a result of it? how many new borns will be infected with HIV ... until we start paying attention ? until we bring light and hope to their lives?

of course we have got no possibilities of monitoring the prevalence of HIV, because where there is violence, there is no room for any else !

May Mark rest in peace now. May his family survive him strongly. May Papua be free of violent domination! May peace and democracy win soon!

may the children of papua see that there is something else in life than violence and killings!

may God here our prayers to reach out to the ones in power who can provide positive and peaceful alternatives.

Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation


SENTANI (RW/Pacific Media Watch): The death of Australian print, radio and film journalist Mark Worth has shocked Papuans and all those involved in the campaign to free West Papua from brutal repression by the Indonesian military.

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