INDONESIA: Mamberamo – the most remote jungle region on Earth. Part 2

By Heiko Bleher

It was a bumpy landing; we were flung together with our luggage as the pilot brought the crate to a halt, exactly 3 metres from the edge of the tree-clad mountain! The grass runway, which is only about 500 metres long, goes from the bank of the Mamberamo through the thickest primary forest on earth. Our reception committee consisted mainly of Danis, who had made the two month trip on foot from their home in the highlands. In addition there were soldiers from Java, a doctor who had come from southern Sulawesi to work in the only half-built hospital, a man from Ambon, and a mining expert from the Freeport Mining Company in Manado, northern Sulawesi…

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