12 Sep 2014

West Papua's Ondawame buried in Port Vila

6:24 am on 12 September 2014

The body of one of West Papua's most prominent freedom fighters, John Ondawame, was buried in Port Vila Thursday afternoon.

Dr Ondawame, who has been living in Vanuatu, died last week.

Both Vanuatu's Prime Minister Joe Natuman and the Opposition Leader, Moana Carcasses, referred to him as a freedom fighter for West Papua when they paid their last respects at the funeral service.

They say his death is a great loss for the people of West Papua but his struggle has been taken up by Vanuatu as it aims to help the push to self determination.