Unrest over government subsidy • Er, 2014
Sawa / Sofia Tomamnak, wife of Rufus Aose, reacts angrily as she does not get a share of the government subsidy money (Dana Respek), where thousands of dollars
equivalent of rupiah in cash are distributed among members of the villages. The corruption of such subsidised money lead to frequent outrage amongst the people demanding equal distribution. The Dana Respek money, administered by the Indonesian government, were intentionally used for development projects in the province of Papua. However, abuse of the money by the distributor renders the people never having received appropriate shares of the money. The distributors, sometimes Asmat people themselves, naturally will give larger share to their next of kin.