Displaced returning home after West Papua earthquakes (9 Jan 2009)
IRIN - Thousands of people displaced by powerful earthquakes that killed four people and devastated Indonesia's West Papua province on 4 January have begun returning home. However, fear of disease outbreaks in makeshift camps is increasing and aid has yet to reach some survivors, government officials said. About 10,000 people remain in camps in the coastal districts of Manokwari and Sorong. They fear further aftershocks and a tsunami, following the quakes that measured 7.2 and 7.6 on the Richter scale on 4 January, Ubaldus Rumlus, secretary of the West Papua Disaster Relief Agency, told IRIN from Manokwari on 9 January.

Eleven Papuans sentenced for subversion in Manokwari (8 Jan 2009)
Eleven Papuans have been found guilty of subversion (makar) and sentenced to terms of three and three-and-a-half years by the district court in Manokwari. The verdicts were announced on 8 January 2009.

Hillgrove to explore for gold and copper in West Papua (7 Jan 2009)
ANTARA- Australia's mining company Hillgrove Resources Limited (ASX:HGO) will explore for gold and copper in West Papua.

West Papua Report January 2009 (7 Jan 2009)
Contents: *Major Earthquake Strikes Near Manokwari *Australian Medical Journal Describes Dearth of Healthcare Infrastructure in West Papua and Alarming Health Data* Police Shoot and Beat Papuans in Church Dispute* Military Occupation of West Papua Continues Despite Absence of Security Threat *One Star or Fourteen? *Freeport McMoran, Facing Dire Financial Straits *ETAN Urges Restrictions on Any Assistance to TNI Noting Especially TNI Abuses in West Papua *NGO's Meet with Congressional Offices and State Department Regarding West Papua *Failure to Convict in Munir Killing Has Dire Implications for All Indonesian Human Rights Advocates"

Quake victims play waiting game (6 Jan 2009)
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post - Thousands of quake survivors cramped makeshift shelters in Manokwari on Monday as aftershocks continued to rock the region a day after two powerful earthquakes flattened hundreds of buildings and killed four people. "For the time being, there are 14,000 refugees," West Papua Governor Abraham Atururi said, adding that 17 camps had been set up for the displaced in the provincial capital of Manokwari.