Lake Eyre to West Papua
Land and Sea Convoy for Peace and Justice
We need your help to make this historical journey possible!
Help us buy a boat that will lead the flotilla on its mission of peace..
Looking at the ancient ways to find the new beginnings...
Thousands of West Papuans have been displaced, kidnapped, tortured and killed by Indonesian troops since 1963, when Indonesia took control of the country. Al Jazeera reported in 2012 that as many as 500,000 West Papuans have been killed in the conflict so far.
Yet the plight of the West Papuans remains hidden from Australian’s view, hidden by a massive military presence, a near-total ban on foreign journalists and NGOs, the interests of mining corporations and political indifference.
The time has come to take international action. Help us raise awareness about the human rights abuses and the environmental destruction in West Papua. Support the Freedom Flotilla to help break the silence and take a stand for indigenous rights.
‘’We were one people, we still are one people, we must up hold our cultural connection, the old land is calling us.’’ Uncle Kevin Buzzacott Arabuna elder.
The Lake Eyre to West Papua Land and Sea Convoy is a journey that hopes to reconnect the culture and people of a land once joined.
Calling on our friends and families of all nations to join us at the shores of Lake Eyre for a ceremony and music festival to celebrate the survival of the old land. Stand strong, make an action of creative resistance against the apartheid of colonization and destruction caused by multinational mining companies on indigenous land in Australia and West Papua.
From the shores of the Lake we will follow the underground water across Australia in a freedom ride from Lake Eyre to West Papua.
We will carry the ancient water collected from the sacred mound springs of Arabunna country. This offering of peace will be taken on a flotilla to West Papua in solidarity for the freedom of the West Papuan people.
We sail as an expression of peaceful nonviolent, direct action, to highlight environmental and human rights abuses being committed by Indonesia’s illegal occupation of West Papua.
We recognise the rights of indigenous people and their connection to land and water and acknowledge Aboriginal Sovereignty and West Papua Independence.
Human rights and environmental
justice is a struggle that belongs to all humanity, That’s us!
With that knowledge we must proceed with strength, dedication and fine music.
We appreciate any support that you can offer to make this historical journey possible.
All funds raised through Pozible will go towards boat, logistics such as food, transport, communications, promotions/media and legal support and safety equipment .
How you can get involved:
Donate a BOAT!!
Host an event in your town or port along the way!
Donate time, energy, equipment and/or money xx
Spread the word…
1st June Aboriginal passport issuing and West Papua visa stamps – 186 Gertrude st Fitzroy Melbourne
20th-25th July Lake Eyre- Base Camp Alberrie Creek Station S.A.
28th -30th Brisbane
10th-16th August- Cairns launch for Flotilla to West Papua
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Link to Greens Endorsement video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzCAOLo8CXA
The back round to this story started many years ago when Uncle Kevin meet elders from West Papua at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra. It was there that a connection was formed on both a cultural level and in the common struggle for land rights, Uncle Kev wants to let the Papuan People know that we recognise there sovereign right and that the indigenous struggle of both lands are interconnected. He came up with the idea for a cultural journey from his country to West Papua to draw attention to this struggle.
The campaign is not only addressing indigenous rights, it has a big environmental focus, beginning with Olympic Dams nuke and water issues then to Free Port mine in West Papua with land and water contamination. The mound springs around the Lake Eyre region are sacred sites for the Arabuna people. The mound springs have been effected by the mining operations at Olympic dam, it is the connection of these ancient waters that came down in the dream time stories from both lands that are bringing people together again.
We hoping to bring the vision into fruition mid this year, there has been a lot of interest in the event so far and a lot still to organise, Please share the vision with your networks.
Much love peace and fine adventures... c u out there