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Digo is a West Papuan refugee camp located at Papua New Guinea—Indonesian border. The exact location is 5 kilometers inside the Indonesian side of the borderline, but much more accessible from Papua New Guinea. Thousands of West Papuans migrated to Papua New Guinea as waves of Free Papuan Movement (OPM) refugees in 1984, as a protest to Indonesian military oppression and a struggle for independence from Indonesia. Due to some conflicts with local PNG communities, some of the refugees move to isolated camps, including Digo. The people inhabiting Digo are not aware to which country the land they are settling belongs to, as the physical markers of the border are almost non-existent. Due to extreme poverty, most of the people were born after 1984, so they have no idea of why they are living in this location and are ignorant about the history and politics. They are forgotten people with a forgotten struggle.

Digo, Papua, Indonesia—PNG Border, 2014

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