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Aug 1, 2004 - Bittersweet Bougainville

I fly from Vanimo, the country's westernmost point, to Bougainville, the easternmost. The last time I was in Bougainville was 1997 at the height of 'the crisis' - the brutal 10-year secessionist war. I'd come to Buka with a naïve and misplaced sense of 'adventure'. Buka island was then controlled by the PNG Defence Force, while the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) controlled most of the Bougainville island. I was soon to realise that a war zone is not adventurous at all, but terribly sad. Buka township was thronged with soldiers...

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