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, long time human rights activist Mama Yosepha organized resistance to the world’s largest gold mining operation. Despite inhumane confinement and torture, she continued 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 recorded an interviews with her in Jayapura.