Bougainville: "A people impoverished and humiliated by Rio Tinto"

Bougainville war
The mine lies like a scar across a bloody face. Guava village sits in a remote area in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (PNG), above a copper mine which closed 25 years ago. Resistance to the Rio Tinto-owned pit exploded in the late 1980s. Human rights abuses were rampant back then, with locals missing out on the financial spoils. Opposition to the enterprise was inevitable and necessary.

See http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=12520.

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