Image: Julien Coquentin
The traditional jewelry of the Penan women
The lush, pristine rainforest of Upper Baram, Sarawak, on the island of Borneo, is currently the focus of a battle. On the one hand are the Penan tribe, who have lived here for centuries; on the other are those seeking to log the area and develop the jungle into profitable oil palm plantations. As in any war, there have been casualties, although so far they have been one-sided, with the Penan people suffering death, injury and incarceration for their protests. Now, at least, there’s some hope for a peaceful solution: the Penan Peace Park, an initiative taken on by the Penan people and their supporters.