Solidarity with those affected by bush fires

January 13, 2020

This statement was written by West Papuan Independence Leader Benny Wenda and originally published here.

“I and everyone at the Free West Papua Campaign send our solidarity and thoughts to all our supporters in Australia who have been affected by the bush fires. We are praying for you and for everyone affected by these fires.

“Our supporters in Australia have stood in solidarity with us West Papuans for years and have been some of our strongest allies internationally. To see your homes being burned and your air filled with smoke has made our hearts ache. We suffer the destruction of our forests everyday in Indonesian-occupied West Papua – we have experienced your pain. We are praying that the fires finish and that no one else is harmed in any way.”

Benny Wenda & everyone at the Free West Papua Campaign