Thousands of people across West Papua have started holding rallies calling on the British Prime Minister David Cameron to help them in their independence struggle from Indonesian rule.

Over 500,000 West Papuans have been killed by the Indonesian military since the occupation began in the 1960s – described as Asia’s ‘secret genocide’. Mr Cameron is the most high profile Western politician to comment on the conflict, recently describing the predicament of the West Papuan people as a ‘terrible situation’. His comments have spread across West Papua, where the indigenous population are now pinning their hopes on him to lead international efforts towards resolving the 40 year conflict and help them gain their independence from Indonesia.