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Bruno Manser Rainforest activist

Swiss shepherd Bruno Manser was working in Graubünden when he decided to move to Sarawak in 1984. He won the trust of the Penan, adopted their simple lifestyle, and ended up staying for six years before returning to Switzerland – from where he launched a tireless battle against the logging industry and its destruction of the jungle.

He became a household name in Switzerland in the 1990s when he staged a 60-day hunger strike outside the Swiss parliament to highlight the plight of the Penan.

Manser disappeared in the Malaysian jungle in 2000, and a Swiss court declared him dead five years later. The work he began continues through the Bruno Manser Fund, based in Basel.

(Images: Bruno Manser Fonds)

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