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Papuan Voices

posted Nov 28, 2013, 7:13 PM by Sean Donovan
An update to our meeting in May looking at the West Papua situation, Fr John Mitakda msc has suggested the following link that has a number of interesting video's.

"Large scale economic development is taking place  across West Papua in the form of logging, agricultural plantations, mining and gas extraction. The Papuans posess very weak or non-existent land rights, and many are losing vast areas of land with little compensation. Everywhere this is creating conflict and hardship for local people. Although a significant number of Papuans work in the public service, senior positions are mostly held by migrants while most private sector employment is low paid. Business and economic activities are dominated by non-Papuan migrants."