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Man Alive: Development in New Guinea

The Story


"Development is basically about people," says Roy Nihal of the World Council of Churches. He's speaking in this 1973 episode of Man Alive, which explores a development project in West Irian in New Guinea. Nihal believes this sort of development "aims at removing some of the dehumanizing factors in the life of people." But it's not always looked upon positively. As one interviewee points out, the people of West Irian never invited the modern world to their home - but there was "no way to say no."

Medium: Television
Program: Man Alive
Broadcast Date: April 2, 1973
Duration: 26:59
Co-production with Religious Television Associates (United Church of Canada)

Did You know?


• The Indonesian part of New Guinea was known as West Irian from 1963 to 1973. Prior to that it had been known by several different names, including Netherlands New Guinea and West New Guinea. After 1973, it became known as Irian Jaya, and in 2000 the area became known as Western New Guinea.


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