Higher Ground

25 Sep 2014 by admin, No Comments »

Higher-Ground_Photo-by-Andrew-Garton

With the Bengoh Dam completed and the inundation of the Sarawak Kiri River looming, the Bidayuh of Upper Bengoh faced the decision to either leave their homelands or stay.

As much of Upper Bengoh is comprised of the Bidayuh’s native customary land they chose to stay.  In doing so they took on the Sarawak Government, the single most powerful institution in East Malaysia complicit in the forced removal of tens of thousands of indigenous peoples from their customary lands on the island of Borneo.

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