For many of us, West Papua is at the other side of the world, isolated and unknown. For others, the place is a well known human rights violation pit. Throughout the recent history of this occupied piece of land the people there have seen around half a million of their fellow natives be killed.
The fight is ongoing and the West Papua people ‘will not rest‘ until they are granted a referendum from Indonesia.
The occupied territory has long been put into song to support the people. Here are five songs titled ‘Free West Papua’.
30 years ago, on the 23rd of August, 2 million people from three neighboring nations, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, locked their arms together and formed a human chain that stretched across the three countries.
The people demanded freedom from the Soviet Union and did so in a peaceful way. In Tallinn, Estonia, people gathered regularly at the a music festival ground bursting into spontaneous mass singing. From those events the term ‘Singing Revolution’ was coined.
More commonly known as ‘The Baltic Way’ this revolution saw millions of people organizing for their freedom and finding common grounds between each other through, among other things, music.
Boris Reznik composed the song below for this occasion and it is sung in the three languages, a somewhat of a mutual anthem for the three countries.