Land is our mother, Land is our lifeline, Land is our future.
Don’t dig copper and gold, Dig garden, Taro, Yam and Potato
Without Forest there is no culture, with forest there is culture.
The bulk of the rural people of Bougainville don’t want mining on their Island again. Mining can be talked about after Bougainville become an Independent Island Nation and the Government of the day for the people can control it not from Port Moresby some 600 kilometers away.
The issue now, is Independent not mining, however as BCL is doing all it can to talk to the Panguna Landowners it is heading towards creating a very sensitive part which Bougainvilleans will fight each other and more bloodshed on the Island. We Bougainvilleans don’t want bloodshed again and we don’t want to make war, enough is enough.
In my trips to my motherland, women the mothers of the land used to tell me that mining is a very big problem and will not give us anything. Lucy Madoi a strong woman from Kongara in my last trip in November 2009 says, “Mining will bring more outsiders in and more social problems as in the past, We the mothers will live in fear again, Remember our future, Remember our children’s future and our Islands future.”]”]