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West Papuan journalists farewelled

West Papuan journalists farewelled
Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou handing over farming tools to Viliame Cakacaka on February 23, 2018. Photo: Ministry of Youth and Sport
August 14
09:13 2014

Two journalists from Jayapura, West Papua, were farewelled yesterday after a six-week attachment with the Fiji Sun.

Benny Mawel, 28, and Alfonsa Jumkon Wayap, 27, came to Fiji to learn English at the Pacific Theological College for three months. They were given an opportunity to choose a media company for a six-week attachment and chose the Fiji Sun.

Mr Mawel said the Fiji Sun was a good place for journalists to start their career in.

“The Fiji Sun staff were always willing to help us during our attachment and I will forever be thankful to them for their kindness,” he said.

“It has always been my dream to come to Fiji and I’m really thankful for this wonderful opportunity and I am really sad to leave because theFiji Sun has become my family in the short time I have been with them,” Mr Mawel said.

Ms Wayap has been working as a photojournalist at the tabloid Suara Perempuan Papua for the past three years.

“Saying goodbye is very hard because I have learned a lot from the staff, especially the photography department and will definitely apply the new skills I have learned,” she said. Ms Wayap flies home today, but Mr Mawel will be with the Fiji Sun until Friday when he leaves for Vanuatu.



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