In Nov/Dec 2012 I travelled to West Papua with film maker Dom Rotheroe to make a documentary for Al Jazeera English about the ongoing struggle for West Papuan independence. Travelling undercover, we met with members of the KNPB (National Committe for West Papua) to explore the largely unreported 'silent genocide' taking place in the face of a 40+ year Indonesian military occupation.
The documentary will be broadcast in the 'People & Power' slot at 22.30 (GMT) tomorrow, Wednesday January 30 and repeated on Thursday 31/01, 0930; Friday 01/02 0330; Saturday 02/02 1630; Sunday 03/02 2230; Monday 04/02 0930 - all times GMT.
I really hope you will watch and share it, as it's important that the world is alerted to the human rights and environmental tragedies taking place in West Papua.
View a set of images from the trip in my new West Papua 2012 Gallery page
On Dec 9th 2012, I lost my bank card a few hours before my flight back to the UK from Bali. I was left with no cash but the kindness of strangers was proven when a very lovely Dutch couple at my hotel kindly lent me 300'000Rp so I could eat and get to the airport. I left clutching a piece of paper with their details so I could pay them back upon my return. Alas - it turns out I don't have all the information to make the transfer! I don't have their email addresses or full names but I gave them my business card and live in hope that they'll visit this blog and get in touch!
Are YOU JME Lenzen? Do you know her? Please do contact me - I really want to pay you back the money and thank you again for your kindness!