West Papuan refugees on Manus – Diary #9

West Papuan refugees on Manus – Diary #9

In the 1960s, as Indonesia prepared a military takeover of so-called Dutch New Guinea, West Papuan rebels fled to Papua New Guinea. Seeking asylum from Indonesian persecution, they were sent to Manus Island by the Australian administrators. Some of these forgotten...

Land Convoy Diary #7

Land Convoy Diary #7

Pacific Islands, including those in the Manus Province, are already some of the hardest hit by climate change. Traditions and customs are being lost to rising sea levels; those on the climate frontlines are being forced to relocate, their homes now underwater. Climate...

Land Convoy Diary #6

Land Convoy Diary #6

In the wake of new PNG PM Marape's visit to Australia, when he and PM Morriscum declared that "no one is in detention", Izzy went to Manus Island and spoke with local, Jerry Polei, whose father was opening his land to West Papuan refugees 50 years ago.  

West Papuans in Port Moresby’s Rainbow Camp

West Papuans in Port Moresby’s Rainbow Camp

We met with West Papuan refugees living in Port Moresby, some of whom at Rainbow Camp are facing eviction. They have been here since the 80s and are still being moved on and living in poverty with no access to health care or education. The current uprising and...

Video Diary #3

In this video diary, Izzy reflects on some of the psychological ramifications on asylum seekers of Australia's torture regime in PNG. Also - on 19th July, "6 years too long", Kaaveh protests at the Australian High Commission. Next up - a longer piece digging deeper...

Land Convoy #2

Land Convoy #2

On day 2 in Port Moresby, Izzy delivered some gifts to asylum seekers and talked with Kaaveh, an asylum seeker from Iran. Kaaveh is one of a group of men who have refused to participate in the process to claim asylum, as they were illegally trafficked to Papua New...

Land Convoy #1

Land Convoy #1

Due to both internet quality and risk of deportation, we were unable to share our land crew’s time on PNG with you in real-time. They spent a number of weeks both in Port Moresby and on Manus Island, connecting with refugees, traditional owners, customary land owners,...

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