22 Mar 2004

Author says suffering in PNG's Bougainville war yet to be documented

4:07 pm on 22 March 2004

A campaigner for people on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville, says the extent of suffering during the civil war is still not properly documented.

Marilyn Havini, who has compiled two books on human rights abuses during the decade-long conflict, says people say they can never be compensated for their losses.

She is releasing a new book, which she has co-edited with Josephine Sirivi, on the women of Bougainville, titled "As Mothers of the Land".

Ms Havini believes there is a long way to go before people can resolve the issues which have come out of the war.

"They still have no freedom to speak of the abuses they have suffered because the peace process is still not resolved politically, there is still no freedom in terms of really exploring how many have died, how many have suffered and to what extent. It's still too delicate an issue so that is a big chasm that's still got to be faced."

Marilyn Havini.