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Benny Wenda is the leader of the West Papuan independence movement. Born in the highlands of New Guinea, his village was bombed and many of his family killed when he was a small boy. The bombs came from Indonesia, which had begun colonising West Papua in 1963.
Benny became a tribal leader and, by 2001, a figure recognised across West Papua for his advocacy of independence from Indonesia. For his leadership of the mass movement, he was imprisoned, threatened with 25 years in prison and subject to assassination attempts. He escaped from prison and gained asylum in the UK. From here, he has been tirelessly working to help free his people ever since.
Benny founded the Free West Papua Campaign, won the Freedom of the City of Oxford, and now chairs the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, the most successful West Papuan resistance group in history. Come to hear his story and how you can help the people of West Papua win their independence and freedom.