History: Walking for Self Determination -Wandeltochten door de jaren heen
Ever since its founding in 1962, the Kobe Oser organization is advocating through peacefull means for the right of self determination for West Papua Melanesia which was stolen with the 1962 New York Agreement and the 1969 Act of NO Choice.
Participating in several walking events in the Netherlands which challenges endurance and perseverance has always been a good combination for Kobe Oser members as a group or individually to gain sympathy for the West Papua Freedomstruggle in the western world.
The Dam tot Dam Walking March is a one day walk around Amsterdam and Zaandam with a distance for everyone: 9, 18, 26 and 40 km. Kobe Oser’s youngest member Ruth van Voorn (age 14) carried the Morningstar flag on point of a Papua walking group during the 2013 edition of this March.
The Airborne March is the largest one-day march in the world. This commemorative march is held yearly in September at Oosterbeek to memorialize the battle of Arnhem in September 1944. Kobe Oser with the Persevero Group under the command of Persevero Supreme Commander Ben Kaisiëpo Ms. participated in 1971 in this March. Persevero was officialy welcomed and saluted by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of Orange-Nassau, the Netherlands.
The Persevero members are:
Standing from left to right: Persevero Supreme Commander Ben Kaisiëpo Ms., Mecky Nanere, Noach Manggaprouw, Herman Wambrauw, Leonard Roembiak, Ernst Kainama (Military Persevero Banner Carrier), Jopie Tuny, LucBaum Bletterman (Salawati), Wim Hematang, J. Nanere (civilian DutchNewGuinea_Police_Officer), Justinus Ofide, Daan Somisoe.
Below: Usuf Dakilwadjir, Petrus Patai, Stefanus Ondowafo, Gerson M.Kaigere (Chief Port Numbay),Cor Palit, Louis Tuny. Missing on this picture: Toon Bwefar.
The International Four Days Marches Nijmegen is a walking event where participants walk 30, 40 or 50 kilometers daily depending on age and gender, and, on completion, receive a royally approved medal (Vierdaagsekruis). Participants are mostly civilians but also from the Military, walking individually or in a group.
Ever since 1962 Kobe Oser members participated in these sportive event, which is an excellent opportunity to express the Morning Star flag and promote our right to self determination peacefully for an international audience. Also in several editions of this event a Kobe Oser group distinghuised themselves colourfully for almost 1 million visitors.
“Being considered as one of the toughest walking marches of the world, it is feels easy when walking for 4 Days long, advocating for West Papua Melanesia’s independence and proudly carrying the Morningstar Flag through the Free World”