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.
Members of the newly formed MILDA (Melanesian Indigenous Land Defence Alliance) speaking on why it is necessary to defend customary land – June 2009, Madang