ABC.net-A few weeks ago, we heard from Catholic nun Susan Connelly who helped lead a church fact-finding mission to the Indonesian province of West Papua. Her report included allegations of widespread torture and harassment by Indonesian police and troops and even a “slow-motion genocide” of indigenous West Papuans.
The West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda has been in Australia this week meeting supporters and a handful of politicians. Benny Wenda had an almost action-movie style escape from an Indonesian jail and he now lives in exile in Britain.
So why should the churches in particular, care about the fate of his people?