Why does the Indonesian government protect Papua?: it is where the largest gold mine in the world is located, the Grasberg mine operated by the American firm Freeport-McRoRan, an annual billion-dollar generator of income for the state coffers.
You would think that being home to the world's largest goldmine, West Papua would be a land of riches. Yet we remain the poorest part of all of Indonesia. The world's largest gold and copper mine, Freeport, has caused permanent environmental devastation to our sacred lands.