New release of the Papuan Video ‘It’s Time to Heal’ a collaboration between SOS from the Kids and Phuyaklah Voices Children’s Choir from West Papua and Papua Partners
“I used to have green forests and fertile soil. But now they are gone. Today the land and forest are damaged. It’s time to heal, It’s time to give.” —Reinhard Awoitauw, Phuyaklah Voices
We are excited to share with you, the newly released Papuan Video of ‘Its Time to Heal’, which was a collaboration with the children’s eco choir, SOS from the Kids and Phuyaklah Voices, a children choir from the shores of Lake Sentani in West Papua.
The video was produced by Alyakha Art Center and performed by children who were affected by severe flooding in 2019 which killed over 100 people and caused another 11,000 people to be displaced from their homes. All of you were key in supporting our partners response to this disaster and in building back their lives.
‘It’s Time to Heal’ is an urgent call to action for the world from the children of West Papua and the UK to take care of our planet and stop climate change.
We hope you enjoy it and are motivated to take action!
SOS from the Kids performed on Britain’s Got Talent in 2020, reaching the semi-finals. With that success, along with the collaboration with Papua Partners to create “It’s Time to Heal”, they were invited to perform at COP26 in Glasgow in the autumn of 2021.
Our song, “It’s Time to Heal” was performed in both the Blue and Green venues at COP26, with the Papuan video being shown on screens behind the choir. This included performing at an evening reception on Nature Day which was attended by Environmental Government Ministers representing countries from all over the world. The platform this gave for Papua Partners to highlight our issues was immense.
Please watch the video, download the song on iTunes and Spotify, and share it amongst your networks to highlight the work of Papua Partners and the urgent situation of the people of West Papua.
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