Panguna Mothers Reject BCL and Mine

Clive Porabou via Facebook

The Meekamui Women of Panguna find it ridiculous to hear that the Bougainville Women in Mining are supporting the reopening of Panguna Mine when they themselves are ignorant of the facts why the mine was closed.

Stella Placid one of the principal female landowner in the mine pit said that BCL [Rio Tinto] is not welcome in Panguna.

“They are responsible for the 20,000 lives who perished during the uprising.

They also used dangerous chemicals to destroy the eco-system on the land and we cannot grow taro or do any fishing in the rivers.

As you can see today; the Jaba river is polluted, our people relocated with a complete disregard for their needs and the needs of future generations and we lost our land”, said Stella Placid.

“Therefore, our concern not to open the mine must be respected by ABG and stop their political rehetorics and develop the agriculture and fishing sector.

The truth is that we the landowners in the mine pit areas are united in our opposition to the reopening of the mine”; said Stella Placid.



Filed under Environmental impact, Human rights, Papua New Guinea

4 responses to “Panguna Mothers Reject BCL and Mine

  1. Steven Kolova

    Lets get to the bottom line, its a cross-road of whether re-open the Panguna mine to finance continue struggle for Independence or shut it up and remain part of PNG, fisheries and agriculture in Bougainville can no generate K90 million which ABG requires at minimum to sustain governance. Particularly agriculture is seasonal in Bougainville…

  2. Dansi

    Good on you mothers, let not the stupid rhetoric of those money faces hinder your good conscience.

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  4. People can watch the internationally award winning documentary Bougainville – “Our Island, Our Fight’. It is what happened behind the Blockage and during the War. Available on iTunes in most countries and areas. – search for the title and see what happens during a War.

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