The Guardian: Welcome to Manus, the island changed forever by Australian asylum policy
Human Rights / Papua New Guinea / Society

The Guardian: Welcome to Manus, the island changed forever by Australian asylum policy

  After 10 days on the island and months of research, my longform report on life on Manus, and how Australia’s detention centre has changed it – for good and for ill. Reporting of this series made possible by an independently awarded grant from GetUps Shipping News project. By Jo Chandler/ Pics Vlad Sokhin. Link here. … Continue reading

The Lowy Institute: How men are getting away with murder in PNG
Human Rights / Papua New Guinea / Women & Girls

The Lowy Institute: How men are getting away with murder in PNG

In this long analysis published by the Lowy Institute, I draw on recent interviews, my older notebooks, and the expert insights of PNG commentators, specialists and anthropologists to explore a range of questions around the endemic violence against women in Papua New Guinea. My principle concern is to explain to a wider readership how, and … Continue reading

The Global Mail: It’s 2013, And They’re Burning Witches
Human Rights / Papua New Guinea

The Global Mail: It’s 2013, And They’re Burning Witches

(Photograph by Vlad Sokhin) Sister Gaudentia knew immediately the spectacle the excited children were rushing to see. They were on their way to a witch-burning. There are many names for dark magic in the 850 tongues of Papua New Guinea, sanguma resonating widely in these mountains. The 74-year-old sister hurriedly rounded up some of her staff, … Continue reading