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Zairin Salampessy

Zairin Salampessy, usually known as ‘Embong’, is a graduate of the Fisheries Faculty, Unpatti. He was known as a pavement artist in Ambon from 1987 to 1992. In 1994, Suara Maluku newspaper asked him to draw caricatures and so he became a journalist, an assistant editor and then senior editor until 1998. He then joined the Baileo Maluku Network NGO in Ambon. When the conflict struck Ambon in 1999, he, together with a number of colleagues, immediately formed a team of Muslim and Christian volunteers, who worked to handle the victims of the conflict. He continued doing this until he moved to Jakarta, where he was involved in advocacy at a national and international level through the Advocacy Team for Case Solving in Ambon (TAPAK). While at TAPAK Ambon, he was on several occasions, part of the Indonesian NGO delegation to the Assembly of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland. He has now returned to Ambon and has become a freelance photographer for the Antara Photographic Bureau and a volunteer in the Inter-Faith organisation in Maluku.


Publications View All

  • Basudara Stories of Peace from Maluku

    Jacky Manuputty, Zairin Salampessy, Ihsan Ali-Fauzi, Irsyad Rafsadi | Translated by Hilary Syaranamual

Events

The Change Makers

Canberra Writers Festival - Museum of Australian Democracy

Participating Chair: Linda Jaivin • Emma Batchelor, Diana Reid and Jo Dyer Sometimes significant incidents in life can only be fully appreciated after they’ve passed. Four passionate women unpack pivotal...

Comrade — It’s Time Again!

Canberra Writers Festival - Kambri Cultural Centre Australian National University

Moderator: Paul Bongiorno • Christine Sykes, Jenny Hocking, John Faulkner and Paul Kelly 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Whitlam Government being elected to office. Our panel talks all...

The Toughest Assignment

Canberra Writers Festival - Kambri Cultural Centre Australian National University

Moderator: Karen Middleton • Kylie Moore-Gilbert, John Lyons and Andrew Quilty From Kabul to Tehran via the conflict in the Middle East, how does one survive the harrowing risks that...

Dateline Jerusalem: John Lyons in conversation with Stan Grant

Gleebooks 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, News South Wales

Rarely is the public taken deep into the inner sanctum of major news organisations. In this extraordinary book, award-winning journalist John Lyons goes to the heart of how the media...

Free – $12

WinterWild: Walking on Country

Apollo Bay Community Hall 4 Whelan St, Apollo Bay, VIC

Join a panel of Indigenous leaders including Associate Professor Dr. Michael-Shawn Fletcher, a Wiradjuri man, paleo-ecologist and biogeographer; Dr. Jack Pascoe, a Yuin man, ecologist and Research Manager at the...

$25