Secrets of the Abar Village Residents of Papua Avoiding Covid-19


PAPUADAILY –Long before the recommendations for health protocols to prevent Covid-19, the residents of Kampung Abar who live on the shores of Lake Sentani, Jayapura Regency, Papua, carried out their daily activities by keeping their distance and limiting mobility.

The head of the Abar tribe, Naftali Felle, said that mothers who make pottery usually work in their homes. The men also went to the gardens or fished in Lake Sentani individually.

“We rarely get together or congregate in daily activities,” said Naftali on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Not only that, he said the residents of Kampung Abar have special culinary delights that are able to maintain their immune system from various diseases.

Namely hot papeda culinary and yellow gravy fish. “After eating papeda and yellow gravy fish, we usually sweat. That’s one of the things that has kept us healthy since our ancestors,” said Naftali.

From a geographical point of view, extra effort is needed to reach Kampung Abar, which has been known as one of the tourist destinations in Papua. Arriving at Sentani Airport, tourists will go to Yahim Pier by land for about 25 minutes. From there, take a boat for 15 minutes to the south of Lake Sentani. That’s where the Abar Tribe settled.

Naftali explained, the number of tourists who came to Kampung Abar during the Covid-19 pandemic was indeed much reduced. Even so, the pottery craftsmen are still working in preparation for the Papeda Eating Festival in Pottery which will take place on September 30, 2021.

According to Naftali, the geographical location of Kampung Abar and the habits of the people have kept them away from the Covid-19 virus or zero cases.

In Jayapura Regency, Papua, there are three districts that are included in the Covid-19 red zone, namely Sentani District, East Sentani District, and Waibu District. Kampung Abar is located in Ebungfauw District, Jayapura Regency.

Researcher from the Papua Archaeological Center, Hari Suroto, said that during July 2021, the research team conducted prehistoric archeological research in Kampung Abar.

Before entering the village, everyone must undergo a rapid antigen test. “If the result is negative, then you can enter Kampung Abar,” said Hari Suroto, who is also a lecturer in Archeology at Cenderawasih University.

This regulation also makes Kampung Abar more secure and safe from the Covid-19 virus. ***