A Canoe Full of Trouble

In her many prayers before deciding to flee her West Papuan home with her husband and three-year-old twin sons, Ferra Kambu says she found divine guidance. Surrounded by plastic bags containing their meager possessions in the Melbourne hotel room where the family is staying, the 36-year-old women's rights activist, one of 42 West Papuan asylum seekers released from Australian immigration detention last month on three-year protection visas, says the realization came to her clearly: "I was shown by the Lord that Australia has been given a role as the hand of God in helping to finally resolve the issue of Papua."...

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