“We have a responsibility to care for our brothers and sisters from across the water. We must bring the water and the fire, the love and the music to heal the country and move in solidarity.” Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna Aboriginal Elder
The Freedom Flotilla to West Papua is an unprecedented event of creative resistance to the Indonesian occupation of West Papua. The initiative of Indigenous Elders of Australia and West Papua will build global solidarity and highlight the abuses of human rights and land rights carried out under the occupations of their lands on an international stage.
Follow the journey as the Freedom Flotilla continues to fight for the rights of West Papuans on the daily Pogcasts, via twitter & on facebook.
‘“We work for world peace and justice, we start from our region, the Pacific.” Jacob Rumbiak, Foreign Affairs Minister of the Federated Republic of West Papua.
Tanya Notley and Alexandra Crosby
Almost all of the academic and practice-based literature on transmedia storytelling is focused on fiction-based narratives. In this context, transmedia projects are seen to provide an opportunity for fictional narratives to be dispersed across multiple mediums and platforms, ideally with each medium and platform making its own contribution to the story in ways that entice and reward broad and deep levels of audience participation. This chapter considers the value of creating activist transmedia projects that seek to tell stories to, speak with and mobilise audiences across countries, cultures and languages. By engaging with some of the emerging definitions of Transmedia Activism, and examining two transmedia activist projects that address social justice issues in West Papua, we raise new possibilities for what may constitute Transmedia Activism and question the need for transmedia stories to necessarily be fiction-based.
Read the essay here
From the book Transmedia Practice: A Collective Approach
This is the second part of a 2 part series. This episode talks about Freeport Mines’ poisoning of the land and it’s people. It also includes an interview with Korenus Watori a lecturer on environmental issues at a university in Jayapura who worked for the government to do an environmental impact statement on Freeport’s Grasburg mine.
On my recent trip to West Papua I had the honor to meet Yosepha Alomang, a long time human rights activist Mama Yosepha who organises resistance to the world’s largest gold mining operation. Despite inhumane confinement and torture, she continues to promote traditional cultures, collective action and the well-being of indigenous peoples.
For over 20 years, Mama Yosepha has organized her community to resist Freeport’s destruction and the government’s complacency. Continue reading
The Grasberg Mine, A joint venture between Rio Tinto and Freeport-McMoRan is one of the world’s largest single producers of both copper and gold, and contains the largest recoverable reserves of copper and the largest single gold reserve in the world. For over 40 years the mine at Freeport in West Papua has caused massive ecological destruction and inflicted appalling human rights abuses, ignoring the rights of the lands of the Amungme and Komoro peoples whose land it has plundered.
On my second day in Jayapura after meeting some of the key players in the Federal Republic of West Papua’s interim government of which many of its members are exiled or imprisoned, I arranged to meet the political prisoners in Jail in Jayapura, these include the Prime Minister Edison Waromi and President Forkorus Yaboisembut and freedom fighter Filep Karma.
On a recent freedom flotilla reconnaissance mission to West Papua I was blessed to meet a host of staunch Papuans fighting for their independence in a variety of ways. To a background of new year celebrations of fire crackers and feasting on fish and sago, the women and men I interviewed revealed their own experiences under occupation from Indonesia as well as their resolve for freedom.
Dear Mr Buzzacott,
Thank you very much for the Freedom Flotilla. We are so grateful that you took part in the West Papua Struggle.
You brought to many individuals attention that the struggle of West Papua is wider the land of West Papua as well as the land of the Aborigines. The Aboriginals are part of West Papua and likewise. What you did was an initial step and we hope it doesn’t stop there.
“Greetings and respect from the 7 (seven) Customary Council Chairpersons of the 7 (seven) states in West Papua and all the indigenous people of West Papua”
Message to Uncle Kev from the Customary Council West Papua
STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FROM THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF PAPUA TO THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLE IN AUSTRALIA AND THE FREEDOM FLOTILLA ACTIVISTS
Thanks are to the God of West Papuans for His blessings that make everything possible for every individual and every party all around the world including Freedom Flotilla activists for seeing the real situation and condition in West Papua that is so devastating. Hence, every West Papua support group always is the voice to voice out the devastating situation in West Papua in their own ways. Therefore, on behalf of the people of Federated Republic of West Papua, I would like to express my gratitude to every individual but especially to the people of Aborigine in Australia.
Terima kasih untuk semuanya
I’d like to thank everybody who I have met on my journey in West Papua for your kindness and generosity. Thankyou for sharing your home, your stories and your songs. I will do my utmost to share these with the rest of the world.Your strength is an inspiration and your struggle is not forgotten.Sing loud and the world will hear you. Continue reading