Title: Behind the Blockade
Publisher: Word Publishing Company
Publication Date: 2015
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
233 pp., illustrations. The Bougainville Conflict happened from late 1988 to 1998, a disastrous revolution that brought about a death toll between 15,000-20,000 people, including Bougainvilleans, some members of the disciplinary forces including the PNG Defence Forces (PNGDF), and the Police and Correctional Institutional Services (CIS). This book is the author's personal account of the Bougainville Conflict, as she witnessed , lived and survived it. It highlights the hardships of ordinary people caught up in the disastrous events during the war days. The story begins from Toniva, a coastal, scenic and laid-back township, located some kilometers out of Arawa, and follows the author's journey to her home in Siwai, southwest of Bougainville, where she and her family were stuck in the worst years of the conflict, from March 1990 to August1992, after which they finally exited from the island to join the many displaced Bougainvilleans in Port Moresby. Vivid and fascinating descriptions of the pictureseque landscapes offer a break from the bleak sights and sounds of war in the book. The author also shares her observation and involvement as a Port Moresby-based reporter, in the coverage of the restoration, reconstruction, reconciliation and peace process as well as the establishment of an autonomous government. Behind the Blockade is a simple story of hope, survival, human relationships, violence and disillusion in the time of war. Bookseller Inventory # 9789980890245PNGCON031916
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