They all know the history; they have all grown up with the repression. They have grown up fighting. They have seen their leaders shot and jailed. They live with the military post on the corner. The searches, the document checks, the beatings, the arrests, the surveillance and the swaggering, casual violence of the Indonesian army and police. They all have one thing in common- an overwhelming desire to right a historic wrong. The West Papuan independence movement has reignited, and Indonesian troops are cracking down. Chemical weapons have been deployed, hundreds of people killed, tens of thousands displaced - all on Australia's doorstep. And almost no one is writing about it. In The Road, investigative reporter John Martinkus gives a gripping, up-to-date account of the province's descent into armed conflict and suppression. Replete with vivid detail, new information and photos not seen anywhere else, this revelatory work of journalism shows how and why a highlands road triggered an uprising, and where this might all lead.
Number of Pages: 128
Publication Date: 18 May 2020
Publisher: Black Inc.
Publication City, Country: Melbourne, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 20.8(H) x 13.5(L) x 1.3(W)
Weight (gm): 144
John Martinkus is a four-time Walkley Award-nominated investigative reporter on the Asia and Middle East regions. His eyewitness account of East Timor's struggle for independence, A Dirty Little War, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. His books include Travels in American Iraq, Indonesia's Secret War in Aceh, the Quarterly Essay Paradise Betrayed- West Papua's Struggle for Independence and, most recently, The Road- Uprising in West Papua.