The video of Phillip Mark Mehrtens, 38, was taken on 22 December 2023 but only released in February 2024, a year after he was taken hostage by the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-PB).
Looking gaunt and dishevelled, the former Jetstar pilot says: “Hello, it’s me,” and nervously chuckles.
“I’m OK, they are treating me well. I’m trying to stay positive and I hope that you and Jacob are healthy and doing OK and getting support,” he says.
The pilot was abducted for the group to use as a bargaining chip in their independence movement.
Mr Mehrtens was working for Indonesian company Susi Air when he was abducted after landing on a remote airstrip in the Nduga province, in Indonesia’s western half of New Guinea.