BOUGAINVILLE HARDLINERS AWARENESS GOING OUT OF ARAWA CENTRAL BOUGAINVILLE

14 09 2015

Bougainville Hardliners awareness going outside of Arawa, last saturday they travelled to Marau on Bana District in Nagovis South Bougainville. The awareness is to tell the people of Bougainville why they are stopping Belkol between Panguna Landowners and Bougainville Copper Limited or BCL.

In Marau before they speak, Chief of the area welcomes them and told the people to listen carefully and makes a wise choice because they had seen the destruction the Company cause to their land.

Setting up the system

Setting up the system


Chief John Poka welcoming the Bougainville Hardliners

Chief John Poka welcoming the Bougainville Hardliners


Vice Chairman of the Bougainville Hardliners U Orina briefly outline the program

Vice Chairman of the Bougainville Hardliners U Orina briefly outline the program


Chairman J Unato speaking

Chairman J Unato speaking


People listening mostly younths

People listening mostly younths


Youth Rep speaking

Youth Rep speaking


Everlyn Banas making a point on belkol

Everlyn Banas making a point on belkol

Later Gregory Kopa's brother from Panguna saying we don't want reopening of the mine and Belkol

Later Gregory Kopa’s brother from Panguna saying we don’t want reopening of the mine and Belkol


Woman from Bana District speaks out against belkol

Woman from Bana District speaks out against belkol


Rep from Siwai says no to belkol and reopening of the mine

Rep from Siwai says no to belkol and reopening of the mine


Bougainville Hardliners music man singing his struggle song

Bougainville Hardliners music man singing his struggle song


People listen carefully as they been suffering in their land from the effects of the mine down stream

People listen carefully as they been suffering in their land from the effects of the mine down stream


For the love of the land these youths been standing on the sun listening

For the love of the land these youths been standing on the sun listening


A chief explain that they had enough of destruction to their land

A chief explain that they had enough of destruction to their land


Lyneth Ona answering a question.

Lyneth Ona answering a question.


The Bougainville Hardliners make it open the awareness for everyone who has a comments or remarks, everyone spoke on that day are all against belkol and reopening or the mine..after listening to the speakers they come to know why Bougainville Hardliners are putting a stop to it.
Chief from Manenau

Chief from Manenau





MARAU OR SUNSET MARKET, BANA DISTRICT SOUTH BOUGAINVILLE

14 09 2015

On saturday I travelled to Marau upon invited to the Bougainville Hardliners by the Chief of the area for the awareness program they started in Arawa a week ago.

Marau or Sunset Market was started 5 months ago as told to me by the Security Peter Kamung, he was the first and former security of Arawa main market. I really enjoyed eating all kinds of local food.It was similar to the Buin Market, it happens every saturdays.

Highway to Marau

Highway to Marau

SELLING GREENS

SELLING GREENS

Security: Peter Kamaung

Security: Peter Kamaung

Smoke fish

Smoke fish

Boat coming in

Boat coming in

People enjoyed the market

People enjoyed the market

Small girl eating

Small girl eating

Ready to say good byes

Ready to say good byes

I was told that where the market is now it was use to be sea after the mine close and the dumping of waste strong it becomes land and trees growing on it.

This is were it was sea before

This is were it was sea before

beside the market

beside the market





MOSES PIPIRO & MEEKAMUI UNITY IN PANGUNA

14 09 2015

Last week I rang Meekamui General Moses Pipiro that I am working in a profile stories of the top BRAs then will continue down the rank and file so to tell on the camera some of their stories how and why they joined the struggle and became known as the top Commanders.
He welcomes me to visit him anytime I want, so I went to Panguna on thusrday last week. He told me briefly his story and to my surprised He took me to the Meekamui Unity Government office where his cabinet members were having a meeting. When I told them what am doing most of the members want to tell their stories, One of the top man on my list is John Duni and he was there so I was lucky to get his story.

General Moses Pipiro telling his story

General Moses Pipiro telling his story


After the story telling I gave him my dvd Native born and he screen it to his kids and others

After the story telling I gave him my dvd Native born and he screen it to his kids and others

Gregory cried when he shared his story especially he he comes to the part that land is our mother and we respect it so when bulldozer walked over it to us it is like walking over our mothers tummy

Gregory Doora cried when he shared his story with me.

Gregory Doora cried when he shared his story with me.


John the Gold miner says his group pan for gold and never uses dangerous chemicals to make it pure and he is willing to share his ideas with others

John the Gold miner says his group pan for gold and never uses dangerous chemicals to make it pure and he is willing to share his ideas with others


Patrick Ita cried when I asked him if he has some saddest moment in his life during the height of the war

Patrick Ita cried when I asked him if he has some saddest moment in his life during the height of the war


John Duni is the man on my list to film his story so was lucky as he was there last week. I saw him during start of the war training boys how to make and fix world war 2 guns. He was too emotional and cried which also makes me cried for our lost commrades
John Duni telling his story and cried

John Duni telling his story and cried


Panguna and the Alluvial Gold panning area at the background

Panguna and the Alluvial Gold panning area at the background


Panguna bus stop

Panguna bus stop





MORE PHOTOS OF THE TUNANIA LITERACY CELEBRATIONS

14 09 2015

More photos of the celebrations on the second day the main event day. Tunania Literacy Centre on the day also holds a speech competition for the four schools in the Kokoda Constituency which makes the day more special.

Students from Four Schools in the Kokoda Constituency ready to sing Bougainville National Athem

Students from Four Schools in the Kokoda Constituency ready to sing Bougainville National Athem


Two of the international observers who attend the celebrations

Two of the international observers who attend the celebrations


Traditional dancers, or Tuku as we call it in Kieta

Traditional dancers, or Tukuu as we call it in Kieta


The winner of the Speech competition receiving her price

The winner of the Speech competition receiving her prize


A young mother of Tunania centre receiving her prize, they joined the speech competition as well

A young mother of Tunania centre receiving her prize, they joined the speech competition as well


Speech competition judges hard at work

Speech competition judges hard at work


One of the poets the smallest of all

One of the poets the smallest of all


Some of the students with their prizes

Some of the students with their prizes


watching from a distance as the celebrations continue

watching from a distance as the celebrations continue





NATIONAL LITERACY CELEBRATIONS

7 09 2015

National Literacy Celebrations starts today at Tunania just few minutes drive from Aropa Airpot Kieta.

The banner hang above the Kieta Buin highway just outside Tunania

The banner hang above the Kieta Buin highway just outside Tunania


Josephine Kaouna welcomes everyone to the Celebrations
Josephine Kauona

Josephine Kauona


Paul Mateera Kokoda COE Chairman officially opens the celebrations

Paul Mateera Kokoda COE Chairman officially opens the celebrations


A proud mother with her products on sale

A proud mother with her products on sale


Some of the stuff on sale

Some of the stuff on sale


Mother selling sweet oranges

Mother selling sweet oranges





KONGARA TRIP

5 09 2015

I was lucky to take a trip to Kakusida village at the mountains of Kongara 1, it is 23kms from Aropa Airport and about 35kms from Arawa.

The road to Kongara from Aropa Airport

The road to Kongara from Aropa Airport


Dominic Ita the Member for Kongara constituency was accompany by myself and Dr Ruth Springs with Jacob Banas and his wife Everlyn on their truck.
Drinking cold nice spring from the rocks on the highway

Drinking cold nice spring from the rocks on the highway


Dr R Springs looking down to Aropa Airport, the view she really like it

Dr R Springs looking down to Aropa Airport, the view she really like it


Kakusida playing field, they told me every sundays they have soccer games

Kakusida playing field, they told me every sundays they have soccer games


Mt Takuang, there is two Takuang, this one is at Kongara 1 the other one at Kongara 2

Mt Takuang, there is two Takuang, this one is at Kongara 1 the other one at Kongara 2


Market haus at Kakusida, market days is every sundays

Market haus at Kakusida, market days is every sundays


Dominic Ita the member for Kongara talking to the chiefs, church leaders and people who came to the meeting. Dominic was and is the only member who wins from the first house to the third house now since the formation of ABG

Dominic Ita the member for Kongara talking to the chiefs, church leaders and people who came to the meeting. Dominic was and is the only member who wins from the first house to the third house now since the formation of ABG


Closing the meeting at the market house

Closing the meeting at the market house


Dominic hands out balls to the vice chair of Kongara Council of Elders

Dominic hands out balls to the vice chair of Kongara Council of Elders


Luke Miringtoro is the coffee farmer in Kongara, he also supplies seeds to more interested people in the area and other parts of Bougainville.

Luke Miringtoro is the coffee farmer in Kongara, he also supplies seeds to more interested people in the area and other parts of Bougainville.


Mt Miranai  and later change to Mt John Buka. John Buka a top PNGDF scout was shot at the bottom of the big tree

Mt Miranai and later change to Mt John Buka. John Buka a top PNGDF scout was shot at the bottom of the big tree





INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE DISAPPEARED

4 09 2015

International day of the disappeared was mark and celebrated in Bougainville on two areas, first in Arawa on the 28th of August. In Arawa many who shared their stories of their missing relatives, brothers and fathers were so sad and cry when talking.

Mothers and relatives gathered in Arawa independence part

Mothers and relatives gathered in Arawa independence park

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The coconut flame was light by Chief Peter Garuai which recalled back the memories of the time during the height of the war we used coconut oil for light in the bush camps

The coconut flame was light by Chief Peter Garuai which recalled back the memories of the time during the height of the war we used coconut oil for light in the bush camps

In Buka it was celebrated on the 30th till morning of 31st August. They sing till day break the next day. The most moving and saddest part of the ceremony to me was when they carried the two coffins around the Bel Isi Park and back to the stage.

Carrying the two coffins

Carrying the two coffins

The mourners covered their face with traditional mate in Kieta Nasioi we call it Karamani

The mourners covered their face with traditional mate in Kieta Nasioi we call it Karamani

It was a sad moment

It was a sad moment

People who gathered and stay up to the morning of 31st

People who gathered and stay up to the morning of 31st

President Momis came early and was there when they carried the two coffins

President Momis came early and was there when they carried the two coffins








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