• Short Summary

    IN CONTRAST TO UNDEVELOPED AND ALMOST PRIMITIVE INTERIORS OF DUTCH NEW GUINEA - NOW KNOWN AS WEST PAPUA - THE VILLAGE OF NAPAN ON THE COAST, 150 MILES SOUTH OF BIAK ISLAND, IS NEARER CIVILISATION.

  • Description

    IN CONTRAST TO UNDEVELOPED AND ALMOST PRIMITIVE INTERIORS OF DUTCH NEW GUINEA - NOW KNOWN AS WEST PAPUA - THE VILLAGE OF NAPAN ON THE COAST, 150 MILES SOUTH OF BIAK ISLAND, IS NEARER CIVILISATION. IT IS ALSO NEAR THE WESTERN BORDER WITH INDONESIA.

    NAPAN RESEMBLES NEIGHBOURING INDONESIAN ISLANDS, WITH HOUSES ON STILTS AND PEOPLE IN SARONGS. FISHING IS ONE OF THE MAIN OCCUPATIONS OF THE PEOPLE AND DUG OUT BOATS ARE COMMON.

    THIS AREA, ESPECIALLY BIAK ISLAND, PLAYED A PROMINENT PART IN THE LAST WAR. ON MAY 27, 1944, BIAK WAS ASSAULTED BY AMERICAN FORCES AND IT TOOK THEM 6 WEEKS TO DEFEAT THE JAPANESE WHO WERE HOLDING OUT FROM MARINES AND ABOUT 2,800 JAPANESE WERE KILLED IN THE BATTLE.

    IN VIEW OF CURRENT TENSIONS WITH INDONESIA THE LOCAL INHABITANTS ARE SEEN MAKING BARRICADES AND OTHER SMALL FORTIFICATIONS TO WARD OFF A POSSIBLE ATTACK. RECENTLY, GENERAL NASUTION, THE INDONESIAN DEFENCE MINISTER, SAID THAT DUTCH NEW GUINEA SHOULD BE BROUGHT INTO INDONESIA WITHIN THE COMING YEAR "BY WHATEVER MEANS".

    A MONUMENT WAS ERECTED BY THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT IN 1956 TO THEIR FALLEN SOLDIERS. THE BULK OF DERELICT JAPANESE PLANES AND LANDING CRAFT ARE STILL LYING AROUND.

    AT A SPECIAL MEETING IN HOLLANDIA OCTOBER 30 THE DUTCH NEW GUINEA COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A RESOLUTION TO CHANGE THE NAME OF DUTCH WEST NEW GUINEA TO PAPUA PARAT (WEST PAPUA).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8J9WV4PZIO3AQQ655TWAUMJNT
    Media URN:
    VLVA8J9WV4PZIO3AQQ655TWAUMJNT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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