West Papua at a Crossroads

The family of Danny Kogoya, a regional commander in The Free Papua Movement, is fighting the Indonesian government for the right to bring his body back so it can be properly examined and buried. Kogoya died on Dec. 15 in the northwestern town of Vanimo, where he had been hiding since fleeing the threat of arrest earlier this year. His life is one of thousands that have been lost in the struggle for freedom in West Papua. Since the 1960s, the armed wing of the movement has been fighting against what they perceive as Indonesian colonization.

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