A History of Struggle and Resistance
Papua's Land and People
West Papua is a resource-rich territory in the Melanesian sub-region of Oceania. The rainforests that it shares with its neighbor Papua New Guinea make up more than 70% of its 420, 540 km² land area, and is the second largest in the world, next to the Amazon Rainforest. Other land forms also include alpine grasslands, jagged bare peaks, fast-flowing rivers, and gorges.
Learn about the land, people, and history of West Papua in this discussion:
Where is West Papua?
West Papua is the western half of the island of New Guinea, located east of Indonesia, and north of Australia.
It had been previously named as Dutch New Guinea, Irian Barat, Irian Jaya, and then back to Papua before being further divided into the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua.
West Papua refers to the entire territory comprising the two provinces.
THE SECRET WAR
A rare glimpse inside the West Papua independence movement - from the recent uprising triggered by incidents of racism to the decades-long armed conflict in the highlands between the Indonesian state forces and West Papua's liberation army.