President of Senegal – “West Papua is now an issue for all black Africans”

The President of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade,  has become the first African leader to publicly back West Papua‘s bid for independence, stating that ‘West Papua is now an issue for all black Africans’.

His comments came last week during a conference in Senegal’s capital Dakar, attended by Benny Wenda, a West Papua independence leader who was granted political asylum by the British Government in 2003.

Benny Wenda addressed the audience, telling them about the situation in West Papua and his own struggle to bring independence to his homeland.
Following his address he presented the President with a Papuan headdress, and was warmly embraced by him. The President then addressed the audience, urging all African nations to take attention to the West Papua issue and do whatever they can to help.

Senegal is a country south of the Sénégal River in western Africa with a population of over 15 million. The current President was re-elected to power in 2007.

3 thoughts on “President of Senegal – “West Papua is now an issue for all black Africans”

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  1. West papua……
    We want to be free…from colonialism indonesia coverment.We need very much to your help.specially black people in world……plz…listen our voice to help……………..


    please support………
    To be free of west papua from colonialosm indonesia coverment.Indonesia coverment never to stop to killed (us)papuan people in 1961 until now.we need to your help to go to free………why so many people in world never listen our voice,crying to help?

  3. Dear all Africans,
    We, west Papuans really grateful on your support for our struggle on self-determination(independence). Our nation West Papua already gained its indepence on st of December 1961, however it was annexed by Indonesian goverinment.
    We need your help and support for our struggle for independence. We have been living under the intimidation, killing, torturing,slow genocide and many other crime actions done by Indonesian goverment since 1961 until now.
    That’s why we really need your help to set us free from the colonialism. If black Africans will not help Papuans, who else will help us to get our independence ? You are our brothers and sisters who we expect for help. May God bless you.

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