Papua New Guinea: The slow tides of change – West Papuan refugees, 25 years of exile

JRS Papua New Guinee
Refugees from West Papua in Kiunga Diocese stand in front of their stilted houses, preparing for waters from the river to rise up to the door. They are forced to build their homes on this unwanted land as more than 90 percent of the land in the country is owned by locals. (Photo by Peter Balleis SJ/ JRS) Kiunga, 16 March 2011 – From the banks of the Fly River in the industrial township of Kiunga,...

Supporting West Papuan refugees in PNG

Maureen Sexton, a Sister of Mercy of the Melbourne Congregation
The plight of more than 8,000 West Papuan refugees living in Papua New Guinea’s Western Province, near the border of West Papua, rarely receives our attention in Australia. Yet, a significant number of refugees have been living in this area for over 28 years. Most of these refugees live in the remote North Fly District, either in the official refugee site at East Awin, in villages and settlements...

West Papuan refugees moved away from Blackwater camp

One Island, Two Countries, Two Attitudes to each otehr
On 2 May, the Papua New Guinea authorities began to airlift West Papuan refugees out of Blackwater camp near Vanimo in an operation designed to empty the camp as fast as possible. The refugees were all transferred to Kiunga in Western Prov:irx:e for re-location to East Aw in, the only area where re-locatiai camps have been set up for refugees who have flooded into Papua New Guinea since February...

Survival International: West Papuans Flee Violence

Film: West Papuan Refugees
September 1984, Author: ClayJason W, Survival International As Indonesia moves to “incorporate” West Papua, thousands of Papuans are fleeing for their lives. Between February and July 1984, 10,000 to 12,000 West Papuans sought refuge in Papua New Guinea. According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), many of the recent arrivals are from the West Papuan capital...