South Sorong , 28/4 ( Jubi ) – Papuan women traders have been banned from selling their goods at Kajase market, with shops now dominated by non- Papuans, their representative said.
A representative of Maybrat women, Wensi Safakaur said that they are disappointed because they feel treated like strangers on their own land.
“We are very sad and disappointed at Papuan officials in this district. How dare, non- Papuans expel the Papuans. It is unacceptable. I hope the local Papuan officials will take action on this matter and do not close their eyes ” she said.
She said most Papuan women traders sell typical Papuan crops such as taro, sweet potatoes, cassava , bananas , vegetables and fishery products. They have been selling at the market since 2002 when South Sorong regency was established.
Previously, there was a dispute between Papua women and non- Papuan traders, who claimed to have bought the area from the Revenue Office .
Now , some Papuan women traders are forced to sell their crops in the driveway of Kajase Market . (Jubi / Nees/ Tina)