Word from the Mountain Part1

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.She gained international recognition as winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2001.
Luckily for me our paths crossed and I was able to record these interviews with her in Jayapura. This is the first part of a 2 part series. This episode talks about life under military occupation in Timika.

 

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UNITED STRUGGLE PROJECT Objectives: Record music and make music video clips addressing issues face by displaced people with artists in affected areas, including one collaborative song with a representative from each place Forum for displaced people to express their stories through music and video and documentary making Create networks to unite global struggles Create links with artists globally Target racism against refugees in the broader community Background and Inspirations My main motivation is my love of music and belief in social and environmental justice. Music can be used as a tool for change and education to break down walls, create common ground and unite common struggles. Lake Eyre to West Papua Land and Sea Convoy for Peace and Justice Looking at the ancient ways to find the new beginnings… ‘’We were one people, we still are one people, we must up hold our cultural connection, the old land is calling us.’’ Uncle Kevin Buzzacott Arabuna elder.

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