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New graphic novel on West Papua a widely-accessible eBook

May 30, 2014

We’re thrilled to launch a brand new illustrated interactive eBook called Vanishing Tribes: Unheard Voices from West Papua. It’s a 70-page online graphic novel created by a collaboration of artists, programmers, academics and activists as a tribute to fifty years of peaceful protest in West Papua. Originally designed for the iPad, Vanishing Tribes is now available for virtually all types of computers, tablets and smartphones. All versions of the eBook are free, and can be accessed through

Based on events circa 2012, Vanishing Tribes is a true story about the West Papuan peoples’ unstoppable determination to regain their freedom through passive resistance. It’s also a fictional story about a young woman’s need to find courage, and her role in ending the global conspiracy that continues to enable militarized commerce and genocide in West Papua, a place perhaps as biologically and culturally diverse as the Amazon.

The eBook can be read on three levels. Readers can:
a) scan the story and browse the paintings like an art gallery
b) read the full story which includes more than sixty paintings and illustrations
c) open the embedded footnotes and image descriptions to understand what’s happening to the astonishing people who inhabit the world’s second largest island.

Readers who want to know more are directed to a wiki where they can verify the facts behind the fictional story, follow links to video evidence of atrocities, and choose from a variety of action ideas to help West Papuans regain their freedom.

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Sample Tweet: Beautifully illustrated free graphic novel at tells inspiring story of 50 years of peaceful protest in #WestPapua

Help us launch!

We need you (or your organization) to participate in a simultaneous worldwide barrage of publicity! Please post the above media release to your mailing lists, websites, Facebook pages and any other media. Send a Tweet like the sample in our Twitter headline above. Feel free to edit or add your comments to this e-mail before forwarding to your associates or allied organizations. (If all goes well, you’ll receive cross-postings of this announcement over the next few weeks.)

Our next-stage strategy to attract new readers depends on ratings and reviews from early readers like you. If you read the Web Version, please write a review anywhere. If you "purchased" the free eBook, please rate it online and write a short review on the Apple iBooks or Kobo store websites. (It will also soon be distributed by Google Play and Amazon for Kindle.)

Thank you for helping us inform the world! May all of your good work, together with ours, soon save the people of West Papua.

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