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Native Affairs – Inside West Papua – Part 1

While this country agonises over whether or not it should change its flag, spare a thought for those who have a real problem with theirs.

In the Indonesian province of West Papua, indigenous Papuans have been arrested and killed for raising their flag the Morning Star, seen by some a symbol of independence.

However Native Affairs producer and cameraman Adrian Stevanon along with journalist Karen Abplanap recently travelled to West Papua to speak to the indigenous people about their lives.

It's the first time in 50 years, a New Zealand television crew has been allowed into the province.  Here is part one of their special report.  A warning some of the images in this report you may find disturbing.

The Native Affairs team travelled to West Papua with the assistance of the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Click here for Part 2 of this report.