Perched on the north-west tip of the Solomon Islands archipelago, Bougainville forms part of Papua New Guinea’s easternmost border region.
During the 1980s civil war erupted in Bougainville when an Australian company began to mine copper at Panguna mine in central Bougainville - opposition to the mine was on many fronts as many locals felt that their land had been taken, exploited and destroyed.
Between the 1st of December 1988 and the 20th April 1998 approximately
15,000 to 20,000 people were killed on Bougainville as a result of this conflict.
However, the true legacy of the conflict is not in the islands scars, but the impact on its people.