IB 2020/12 Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Papua: Putting People First

in brief

Author/s (editor/s):

Johni R. V. Korwa

Publication year:

2020

Publication type:

In Brief

This paper examines how the province of Papua responded quickly to close its borders, indicating a level of distrust in the national authorities’ ability to protect Papuans from COVID-19. It also reasons that the virus is perceived by native Papuans as an existential threat given their already vulnerable position as Indigenous people.

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