New Guinea is the third biggest island on the planet, after Australia and Greenland. And there is a straight line that divides it between Papua New Guinea, a sovereign country, and Papua, an Indonesian region. Indonesian Papuans have no cultural ties or common history with the rest of the Indonesians. Besides, they feel mistreated by Jakarta. And this explains why there is such a strong separatist movement that tries to make West Papua an independent nation.
In the meantime, most of the Papuans live under different tribal systems: many of these tribes have never been contacted by Westerns or Indonesians. This means that many tribemen don’t even know which country do they belong to and they cannot even vote on the Indonesian elections.
So Why is Indonesia so keen on keeping their territory? What do the West Papuan nationalist want to achieve? Can they win this fight? In this video we will answer to all of these questions.
*Script written by Javier Angulo
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