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Esther Haluk, ‘The Tranquil Song from the Land of Sampari’

In this video, activist Esther Haluk discusses the structural and cultural injustice and oppression faced by West Papuan women. She introduces the historical background of the discrimination and racism in West Papua starting with the missionary period, followed by the state oppression and militarism that furthered the extraction of natural resources, leading Papuans lose their right to their customary land.


Esther Haluk is an activist and a lecturer at Walter Post Theological Seminary in Sentani. She volunteers for Kingmi Church to provide support to refugee camps related to the Nduga conflict. She is currently part of the Coalition of Women Movement, doing advocacy for women's rights in West Papua.