Uprooted is a story of four communities in Papua New Guinea’s Madang province who have been affected in various ways by a Chinese state owned nickel mine. Narrated entirely by landowners, it shows the pain and fear of losing their land to large scale development. It also highlights the concerns related to Deep Sea Tailings placement (DSTP) the preferred method of mine waste disposal.
The Danu people of the West Coast of New Ireland Province in Papua New Guinea are currently being forced to move out of their village by the Canadian-owned company, Nautilus. The people said, around 15 men came to the village in the ‘night’ and forced them to sign some papers, regardless of questions posed at them by most of the elderly people about what those papers are about and what their signatures would mean. “They said the company (Nautilus) sent them, and if we don’t sign then we’ll loose our chances of getting the benefits from the project. We didn’t agreed to this Experimental Seabed Mining to happen, what makes them think we’ll agree to move away from our village that we’ve lived in for centuries?” said a Danu Village Clan Leader.
A fast growing mining town, a steady influx of people and an increasing crime rate is putting a significant strain on police resources in the seaside town of Madang, Papua New New Guinea.
Madang used to have a police strength of over 200 men and women. Since the Kusbau barracks was condemned in 1998, staff strength has been drastically cut to 96. But that’s not all. The Provincial Police Commander, Tony Wagambie, points out that not only are his men and women struggling with limited resources, the workload and poor housing is putting an enormous strain on their families.