MENTAWAI, PROGRESS OR REGRESS?
The Mentawai are an indigenous tribe based in a west island from Indonesia. For years they served themselves of their own habits and under their own ideology until approximately 20 years ago when Christian missionaries arrived to their land suggesting them to convert into Christianism. They did not try to change Mentwai´s habits unlike a muslem integrist group which has been present in the area for the past year.
A mosque´s construction in the middle of the jungle is only the first step inside their construction plan which aims to develop the island.
Day by day they are changing their mines and introducing them into the globalized world in order to get the natives move to other lands so that they can be exploited for palm oil plantations.
Unfortunately this is what happened in many other parts of Indonesia, but the difference is that here , can still be avoided.
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