Tanah Merah — The Red Soils of Boven Digul

BBC, the English news network in 2020, published a report on Korindo, a Korean-owned plantation company for using burning to clear rainforests in Boven Digul Papua. Boven Digul, still largely an intact forest, has a deep history in Indonesia’s nationalistic movement.

A letter from the Wedana (district chief) of Boven Digul, Mr. R. Sastranegara, dated 6 December 1927, wrote (De Indische…