Refugees on their own land: the West Papuans in limbo in Papua New Guinea

Esther Rumsowek (right), a high school teacher and Esther Kurni, 71, the mother of Toni Sapioper, who fled Jayapura with her seven children by outrigger canoe in 1984 after her home was surrounded by Indonesian soldiers. Photograph: Jo Chandler/The Guardian
Read Full Story here at the Guardian Up to 7,000 West Papuans live in refugee villages, separated from their homeland by the wide, despoiled Fly River Supported by Judith Nielson InstituteAbout this content Jo Chandler in Kiunga, @jo_m_chandler, Sat 30 Nov 2019 21.00 GMT Last modified on Sun 1 Dec 2019 01.37 GMTWhile news of the violence against West Papuans makes news, West Papuan refugees...

WPRRA Chair: Elimar Gombo Congratulates the ULMWP Achievements

The Chairperson of the West Papua Refugees Relief Association (WPRRA) based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea congratulates the achievements of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) at the 50th Pacific Islands Forum Summit in Tuvalu this week. West Papua Refugee relief Association Chairman Elimar Gombo with Blue Shirt and Deputy Chair Soni Yoissi holding his child (red shirt with...

Former WP Refugee and Assylum Seeker Benny Wenda Thanks Oxford City Council

ULMWP chairman Hon. Mr. Benny Wenda have received the prestigious Freedom of the City award
ULMWP chairman Hon. Mr. Benny Wenda have received the prestigious Freedom of the City award. He dedicated this award to the people of West Papua. First time in our history. It was an Honor. Today I had the honour of receiving Freedom of the City of Oxford as a messenger of the West Papuan people. This award does not belong only to me, but it belongs to all the people of West Papua, as...

West Papuan refugees hope for citizenship

I want citizenship. I’ve been here 28 years and want to get on with my life,” said Donatus Karuri
Access to citizenship could prove the best hope yet for thousands of West Papuan refugees living in Papua New Guinea (PNG). “I want citizenship. I’ve been here 28 years and want to get on with my life,” said Donatus Karuri, a 57-year-old father of six, outside the shelter he shares with five other families at the Hohola refugee settlement. It is one of four settlements for West Papuan refugees...

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...