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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