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Arndt, Peter 2018

Into the deep : seeking justice for the people of West Papua
Alexandria, NSW : Australian Catholic Social Justice Council
Series Papers nr. 82 (paperback)
ISBN 9780995371064

This publication examines the issues faced by the indigenous people of West Papua and their claim for freedom and independence. It is based on the personal experiences of the author, who has visited West Papua on several occasions, has met and spoken with people working for freedom and justice there, and has heard their accounts of oppression and brutality on the part of police and security forces in West Papua. The author places the struggle of the West Papuans in the context of the message of the Gospel and Catholic social teaching. He emphasises that the true meaning of solidarity includes the requirement to recognise and support the aspirations of indigenous people rather than simply telling them what they should be striving for. Order online at http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/

Peter Arndt has visited West Papua on several occasions, has met and spoken with people working for freedom and justice, and has heard their accounts of oppression and brutality on the part of police and security forces there. He places the struggle of the West Papuans in the context of the message of the Gospel and Catholic social teaching. ‘That deep reflection on Gospel values and Church teaching is what makes this publication so inspiring. Peter places his friends’ experience in the context of the Scriptures and looks deeply into the Church’s teachings on justice and asks what he must do. He discerns the answer with clarity and courage.’ (Bishop Vincent Long, Chairman, ACSJC)