Indonesia, as we all know, is a massive archipelago. The thousands of islands separated by sea, separating and isolating fellow Indonesians from one another. What this has resulted in is a country rich with diversity. Yet, one island in particular stands as the most diverse, a land 'lost in time' but rich with interest. We're talking about Papua of course, half of which lies under Indonesian dominion (Irian Jaya).
Here we present Five Interesting Facts About Papua:-
5. The Island is Literally a Gold Mine
Well, it’s obvious why the people, their culture and their lands have become so under threat over the decades, and thus have become a topic of such debate and much bloodshed.
From Indonesian government and military control to exploitation by foreign companies, it could be said that Papua’s blessing is also its curse… with a predicted 2,5 billion tons of gold and copper beneath the ground, and an industry that generates 50% of the island’s GDP, who knows what possible effects greed and exploitation could have on these truly beautiful lands, with a cultural landscape that cannot be matched.