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18 Years Struggling As An Activist, Jull Takaliuang Gets UN Award

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Jull Takaliuang gets N-Peace Award. (Foto: Istimewa)

MANADO, ZONAUTARA.com – Threat of murder and harassment did not destabilize Jull Takaliuang in fighting for the rights of oppressed people. Attacked and strangled while talking through a megaphone in attending a trial of gold mining cases in 2007. It is just one example of many threats and challenges her facing in fighting for the society rights.

During 18 years being an activist for environment, human rights, women and children make Jull gets an award from United Nations (UN), N-Peace Award 2015. It was not an easy path, she had been under house arrest for four months.

When meet at his home, this 48-year-old woman admitted grateful to be able to win an award from the United Nations. Moreover, he is the only Indonesia representative who received the award.

“I am very grateful. I am proud to represent Indonesia. I did not expect before, because I am not expecting to get reward,” said Jull, Sunday (4/22/2018).

An alumnus of Indonesia Literature in Manado Sam Ratulangi University admitted that she received N-Peace Award 2015 award from United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Untold Story category at United Nations Headquarters, New York, October 23, 2015.

She told it started from the environmental pollution cases in Buyat Bay in 2004. Jull along with Doctor Jane Pangemanan found the symptoms of diseases like a poisoning derived from heavy metals due the operation of gold mine.

Executive Director of Suara Nurani Minaesa Foundation said, that her participation in N-Peace award was due to his frien motivation and encouragement. Together with 100 people from various countries in Asia, Jull went through the stage of supporting beam.

“To get supporting beam is rather difficult because it must pass three stages and end with email verification,” she said.

Women born in Menggawa Village, Tamako Subdistrict, Sangihe Archipelago District said the her award because of support from Indonesian people, especially those concerned in human rights and environment.

Bringing the good of Indonesia name did not make accompanied by Indonesian government.

“The government had known about my award, because I had been informed by the Ministry of Village that the possibility of the Dirjennya will follow,” he said.

But Jull had been disappointment because did not accompanied by the government, but it was healed while in New York she could met with President Joko Widodo.

“Jokowi’s response is very good. I never thought would get a positive response from president,” she admitted.

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Jull Takaliuang met President Joko Widodo after accepted N-Peace Award 2015 in New York.

The beloved mother of Garth Imanuel Koleangan is told about her activity in advocacy always get a threat and even she had been under house arrest for four months.

“At that time I was handling mining company cases in North Minahasa that unlicensed be parked and cut the ropes of community fishing boats. I was accused of inciting people to burn a small post,” she said.

For her, activist is not an easy job. But herself is so difficult to escape from society problems.

“My goal is not to be famous, just by helping people is enough happy for me. I do not know why choosing to run this life by exerting all my mind, energy, and everything I have,” said Jull.

Her heart’s eye cannot bear to see the suffering of marginalized people that oppressed by the state system, and they do not find access to justice.

“So I chose to fight with them. That is happiness,” she explained.

 

Editor: Eva Aruperes

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Who was the first contracted the corona virus?

According to government data, a 55 years old from Hubei province could be the first person to contact Covid 19 on November 17, 2019.

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ZONAUTARA.COM – The coronavirus or Covid 19 has become a pandemic, as determined by WHO (World Health Organization) The disease had been affected people in more than 100 countries, including Indonesia.

Now, it is focused on handling and preventing the coronavirus. Until this article was written, there were 173,167 people infected worldwide, and 6,664 of them had died.

The originate of this virus is known from Wuhan in Hubei Province, China. Many people say, the coronavirus stems from people who eat bat meat. But who was the first person contracted the coronavirus?

South China Morning Post (SCMP) media tried to trace it by looking at documents owned Chinese Government. The search took them on an important date, November 17, 2019.

At the last days of 2019, Chinese authorities had identified at least 266 people were infected, these patients were under medical supervision at several points.

Interviews with whistle blowers from medical community showed that doctor in China just realized that they were facing a completely new disease at the end of December.

Scientists had mapped the pattern of early Covid 19 transmission in central China on January, two months before the outbreak became a global health crisis.

Finding out undetected and undocumented cases are so important to understand how the disease spreads and would be increased scientists’ understanding of the threat size of the coronavirus.

According to government data, a 55 years old from Hubei province could be the first person to contact Covid 19 on November 17, 2019.

From that date onwards, one to five new cases are reported every day. On December 15, total number of infected reached 27 people. The double digit increase in infected people was first reported on December 17 and on December 20. The total number of confirmed cases at that time has reached 60 people.

On December 27, Zhang Jixian, a doctor from Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine Hospital in Hubei Province, told that Chinese authorities that the disease was caused by a new coronavirus. On that date, more than 180 people had been infected, even though doctors may not have known all of them at the time.

On the last day of 2019, the number had increased to 266, and on the first day of 2020, the number had reached 381 cases.

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Scientists are wanting to identify who is called the “Patient Zero”. Because that patient can help them to track down the true source of coronavirus. Until this time coronavirus is thought that jump from wild animals to humans, which is very likely from bats.

From the first cases that include nine people had reported in November. They were four men and five women, but no one was confirmed as patient zero. These nine people are aged between 39 and 79 years, but unknown how many of them are from Wuhan, which is believed as the center of the coronavirus spread.

It is possible that the cases arrived earlier but untracked in documents studied by SCMP.

According to WHO website, the first Covid 19 case confirmed in China occurred on December 8, 2019, but the world health organization did not track in detail, just relied the information from its member countries.

Another report published in medical journal The Lancet, written by Chinese doctors from Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan, which treats some of the earliest patients, said the first known infection was December 1, 2019.

Dr Ai Fen, the first person who opens this information to the public, had told to People magazine in an interview that was later censored. The tests showed a patient at Wuhan Central Hospital was diagnosed on December 16 as an unknown person who infected the coronavirus.

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