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Indigenous Auyu people in Boven Digoel, Papua, are living under the shadow of an environmental disaster. The Tanah Merah project is a plan to log billions of dollars-worth of precious timber from a vast area of pristine rainforest, raze what remains and replace it with oil palm. The project falls across one of the most important tracts of rainforest left in the world. The Auyu rely upon it for their livelihoods. The destruction is just beginning today, but already a vast area of forest has been destroyed. “All the natural resources that God has given us… It feels like the clouds have fallen,” an elder from Anggai told us. “All destroyed in an instant.”

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Nanang Sujana

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