West Papua Background

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This section answers the question:

Where is West Papua?

There are four maps in this section:

The The West Papua and its neighbours map gives you an idea of where in the world West Papua is. The map also has some “fast facts” about the province.

In the Map of West Papua section there are two maps of the region. The first is a simple map showing the provinces and their capital townships. The second map offers some added information for context.

The Indonesia and its provinces map gives an idea of how the country is governed.

The Ethnicity Mapis based on a ethnicity map from 1972. It shows the diverse nature of Indonesia, but also highlights how West Papua differs from the rest of Indonesia.

You can also find two maps in the WHAT section that show some of the problems faced in West Papua:

Mining Map

HIV/Aids map