Islamization in Papua

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

JAKARTA (Worthy News)-- Christians in Indonesia's most eastern province are facing an Islamization program that is changing the demographics of the formerly Christian-majority region, according to Barnabas Aid.

Papua's Christian children are being trafficked into Islamic boarding schools in Jakarta as part of a growing program of Islamization; these impoverished minors are often lured from their families with promises of a free education, but instead they are only taught lessons from the Quran.

However, Quranic re-education is not the only tactic to Islamize the region. Through the government's long-term transmigration program, millions of Indonesians have been forced to move to Papua to obtain work; these jobs -- along with education, food and housing -- have encouraged many Papuans to convert to Islam.

Further, Islam's tolerance of polygamy has also made it attractive to Papuans, even though Papuan churches strongly oppose it.