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THE Rp55.8 trillion price tag for 51.2 percent of Freeport Indonesia stock purchased by the Indonesian government is nothing compared to the environmental damage which has resulted from gold mining tailings which have polluted rivers, damaged sago fi elds, and isolated the local Papuans.
FREEPORT-McMoRan is no longer the majority shareholder of Freeport Indonesia. Since December 2018. the Indonesian government has control over 51.2 percent of the company’s shares. Freeport-McMoran got Rp55.8 trillion for the divestment and left behind a pile of wastes that injures the Papua sea, rivers, and sago fields. The damage is estimated at Rp185 trillion. The remaining gold processing tailing had destroyed locals’ livelihood—isolating four districts. This report is based on a a five-month investigation by Tempo and Tabloid Jubi Papua.
ETHIOPIA is known for its food crisis in the mid-1980s. The country is home to a part of Christianity’s great history. It was there that early Christianity—or the Eastern Orthodox Church—flourished since the reign of the Aksum Kingdom in the fourth century. Tempo contributor Tito Sianipar explored parts of Ethiopia, making a stop in Lalibela, a home to seven monolithic churches—remnants of the Eastern Orthodox Church’s past grandeur.