Friday, February 6, 2015

Mama Mariode: Protector of the Papuan Forest

Mariode Malak and Kefas Gisim are the last standing block between the forest and a plantation corporation that is expanding operations on the banks of the Klasafet river.

Their neighbours have sold their land to the corporation, but Mariode does not want to sell her land. She has put up signposts all over her land, and is trying to protect the remaining forest around her land by demarcating their customary rights to the forests.

Forest is their life, Mariode says, and she wants to save it for the next generation, just as her ancestors did for her.  

Mama Mariode is part of Papuan Voices II, a collection of 8 new videos made by the people of West Papua to tell their stories for themselves.