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

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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





DENOMINATIONS PASTORS IN ARAWA INVITED CENTRAL HARDLINERS

25 08 2015

The Denominations Pastors in Arawa invited Central Hardliners to explain to them why they are stopping the Belkol program. When the Central Hardliners Chairman explained to them they all say Amen.
We will help you with our prayers

Arawa Meeting today

Arawa Meeting today





INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE DISAPPEARED

23 08 2015

The Kieta Group known as Daboru Besi with the public in and around Arawa will be celebrating International Day Of The Disappeared on the 28th of this month. Chief Peter Garuai the head of the group wants everyone who can make it to Arawa to attend and march with the mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters of the missing persons.

The Theme for this year is: In Darkness Still Wating

The Theme for this year is: In Darkness Still Wating

The T Shirt they will be wearing

The T Shirt they will be wearing


Chief Peter Garuai the head of the group making public awareness in Arawa on friday

Chief Peter Garuai the head of the group making public awareness in Arawa on friday


A grieving mother talking to the public

A grieving mother talking to the public