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Saturday, 17 March


True leadership needed to stop the trashing of PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The despoilation of Collingwood BayLINDSAY BOND

BRISBANE Just a few days ago, an important tweet appeared in my Twitter timeline from Governor Gary Juffa of Oro Province in Papua New Guinea.

"Today completed inspection of ongoing operations at Collingwood, Oro Province, the tweet read. All equipment and logs impounded. Illegal logging operations stopped. Addressed community to inform them of actions taken on their behalf including engagement of lawyer to commence civil proceedings."

These were Governor Juffas words said after his decisive actions. A leader by tradition is the one who goes ahead in the fray, giving full measure to being the first, and being seen to do that by his followers.

Governor Juffa also tweeted: "It is very worrying that PNG Forest Authority are now so silent and not acting against illegal loggers in Oro. This is totally hypocritical of the govts claim that it is taking stringent steps against illegal logging."

The leadership that he exemplifies is precisely the lead that ought to have come from PNG Forest Authority. And he rightfully decries the silence from PNGFA.

Gary Juffa
Governor Gary Juffa

Public servants in provinces corroborate with PNGFA officials and dubious landowners to award permits via the PNGFA Board to log chunks of land of 500 hectares to logging pirates on the pretext of tree growing and agricultural projects, Governor Juffa wrote on Facebook.

These are the same plunderers who pay no taxes and have planted no trees or...


Dear Ms Ardern: Raise W Papua human rights crimes with Jokowi "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Yanto Awerkion
Yanto Awerkion, a young Papuan activist who was jailed for 'treason' for promoting a petition

STAFF REPORTER | Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch

AUCKLAND - Advocacy group West Papua Action Auckland has urged New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern to raise human rights and the suffering of the people of Indonesian-ruled West Papua when she meets with President Widodo tomorrow.

President Joko Jokowi Widodo, the leader of the largest economy in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is in New Zealand for a two-day visit.

The West Papua action group released a statement by spokeswoman Maire Leadbeater.


OUR Melanesian neighbours in West Papua are suffering grievously and must not be overlooked for the sake of good relations or markets for our goods.

For 55 years West Papuan people have been seeking freedom from repressive military rule, imposed on them in a scandalously unfair process. The loss of life is estimated to be at least 100,000.

Even though the struggle is now mainly about peaceful protest, petitions and diplomacy there is no let up in security force crack-downs.

In the last three years the police have adopted a strategy of arresting demonstrators en masse, and thanks to a police chief edict, organisations deemed separatist are denied the opportunity to hold any kind of gathering.

This is a blatant breach of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Indonesia is a signatory.

Yanto Awerkion, a young activist who was promoting an petition calling for the UN decolonisation committee to become involved, has now spent over 9 months in jail on a treason charge. He will be released shortly thanks to international pressure.

Last year the International Coalition for Papua documented 10 cases of extrajudicial killings, when the victims were either shot dead during security force operations or tortured to death in custody.

West Papuans say that they are experiencing slow genocide and this...


Australian Rotary Club Papua New Guinea Earthquake Appeal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rotary Club of Caloundra

To aid the recovery efforts in Papua New Guinea following the loss of life and property due to the Earthquake on 26 February 2018 in the Southern Highlands, our Rotary District 9600 has established an Earthquake Recovery Fund which will accept tax deductible donations.
The Government declared a state of emergency on 2 March for Hela, Southern Highlands, Western and Enga provinces.
According to initial estimates, over 544,000 people are affected across the five most affected provinces.
Over 270,000 people require immediate humanitarian assistance.
PNG is an important part of our Rotary District and needs our support following this disastrous event.
The appeal is open to the public, as well as to clubs and members, to make contributions.
Rotarians will know that on 26 February 2018 an earthquake of 7.5 magnitude occurred about 3am in an area of the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Due to the isolated location access has been very difficult.
The PNG Army has been working with assistance from RAAF Chinook helicopters and C130 Hercules aircraft.
However due to landslides and damage to roads and bridges very little other support is getting through.
The area is still suffering aftershocks, with villagers not prepared to go back to their homes.
The current death toll has risen to 125 with over 35,000 displaced.
District has established a fund through Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) to aid the recovery.
Past District Governor Charles Guesdon is the Project Manager ably assisted by Assistant Governor and PNG Liaison Mary Grant.
Donations to this fund are tax deductable through RAWCS.
District will make available $10,000 from the District Disaster Fund and clubs and members may make contributions through this link.
The Project name is:
Papua New Guinea Southern Highlands Earthquake recovery
The RAWCS reference is 75-2017-18
Further details will be circulated as they come to hand.
PNG is an important part of our District and need our support following this disastrous event.
Please consider and give generously.

Together in Rotary Service,
John Lane
Governor 2017-18

More information:
Papua New Guinea: Highlands Earthquake Situation Report No. 1 (as of 10 March 2018)


Near Neighbours PNG: New Fault-lines in the Tropics "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Denis Bright With its surging population growth, economic volatility and internal income divide, many of our neighbours in Papua-New Guinea (PNG) are having difficulty coping with the everyday challenges of globalization. Official economic growth rates are artificially elevated by the commercial export sectors in oil, natural gas, minerals, timber products as well as traditional

The post Near Neighbours PNG: New Fault-lines in the Tropics appeared first on The AIM Network.


Tensions in Temotu as expiry of Aus miners licenses loom "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

NASA picture of Nende, known also as Santa Cruz, in Solomon Islands Temotu province. Photo: NASA

Radio New Zealand | 15 March 2018 

Tensions are rising in Temotu as an Australian miners licences to prospect and operate in the Solomon Islands province approach their expiry date.

Pacific Bauxite secured a prospecting license in 2016 with the support of some local landowners and obtained a provincial business license, after a change in the local government, to begin working on Nende Island.

But it has met with stiff opposition from other landowning groups who accuse the company of operating illegally and are trying to take it to court.

Koroi Hawkins has more audio link 

Friday, 16 March


St Barbara resolves Simberi dispute "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Simberi Gold Mine

Australian Mining | March 15, 2018

St Barbara has resumed full operations at the Simberi gold mine in Papua New Guinea following illegal industrial action at the site.

The Australian gold miner halted production at the site last week for safety reasons as management attempted to resolve the dispute.

In an ASX announcement, St Barbara reported that a contingent of the mines workforce initiated the industrial action. Around 40 per cent of the mines workforce remained at work during the stoppage, it added.

Mediation, led by representatives from the PNG Department of Labour and Industrial Relations, has since resolved the stoppage, with full operations resuming late yesterday.

The stoppage was primarily due to misunderstandings regarding leave provisions and other employment conditions, which have now been clarified, according to St Bar...


$1.61M paid to 4 landowning units in Nawailevu village in premium and rental returns Koya "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Minister for Land and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya

Iva Danford | Fiji Village | 16 March 2018

A total of $1.61 million has been paid out to the four landowning units in Nawailevu village in Vanua Levu in premium and rental returns.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Land and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya who says that the Mataqali, Nalutu received $85,893.45 in rock royalty payments.

Koya says that 11 Yavusas in the Districts of Lekutu and Navakasiga in Bua have received fishing rights compensation amounting to $275,000.

He says the other benefits enjoyed by the landowners are the trucks purchased from the lease money that have been used for business purposes like transportation of staff, school children and other mataqali needs.

Koya says that the Mataqali Naicobo purchased a 3-tonne carrier to transport workers, school children and attended to other mataqali commitments.

He says that the Mataqali Nalutu has utilized their lease monies for hous...


US, UN back efforts to assess impact of Papua New Guinea earthquake, deliver aid to survivors "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"
March 16, 2018

Port Moresby Almost three weeks after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck Papua New Guineas remote provinces of Hela and Southern Highlands, International Organsation for Migration (IOM) teams are working with the government and partners to assess the full impact of the disaster and deliver essential lifesaving aid to survivors, even as landslides and aftershocks continue to affect the region.
The government estimates that over 544,000 people across five provinces were affected by the quake, which left at least 145 people dead.
Families in Hulia-Beleria displaced by the February 26, 2018, earthquake which struck Hela province, Papua New Guinea. Photo: David Helo / United Church in Hela

Over 270,000 are in need of immediate aid, including food, water, medicines, tarpaulins, tents and blankets.
The government and its aid agency and private sector partners have targeted seven of the worst-hit Local Level Governments (LLGs) in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces.
 It has also set up two forward operating bases and two emergency operations centres close to the quakes epicentre.
But while main roads have largely been cleared, aid workers warn that damage estimates may continue to rise as many affected communities remain cut off by landslides and are only accessible by air.
Many among the affected populations live in remote communities that are a challenge to access at the best of times.
"In the face of a natural disaster of this magnitude, they have become even more isolated.
"Air support to reach these people is critical, said IOM PNG Chief of Mission Lance Bonneau.
IOM, which is leading the Shelter, Non-Food Item (NFI), and Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) clusters in the emergency response, has deployed displacement tracking teams, assisted by oil and gas company Exxon...


Australias numb amorality is allowing Papua New Guinea to fail "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Turnbull & O'Neill
Malcolm Turnbull & Peter O'Neill - a handshake & two smirks not enough to prevent a mean & self-interested foreign policy sell-out

EDITORIAL | The Saturday Paper | Extract

MELBOURNE - Here is a headline from November 2015: Australian tax dollars funding PNG corruption, AFP whistleblower says.

And from the same month: Turnbull government accused of ignoring PNG human rights abuses to preserve Manus Island detention centre deal.

Here is a headline from June 2015: Bishop calls for calm after PNG deaths.

And again: Australia offers PNG government help to prevent unrest after police shooting of student protesters.

Here is Australias crude foreign policy, by turns cheap and buccaneering.

Julie Bishops response to police violence in Port Moresby ignored the systemic corruption in Papua New Guinea. It continued a blindness that stumbles, grasping and inept, back to the detention centre on Manus Island. It is the perfect expression of Australias stunted place in the region.

The selling of arms to a government accused of war crimes is one thing. So is the bugging of a developing nation to exploit their natural resources. So is the training of a military force engaged in a suspected genocide. So, too, the arbitrary cutting of aid at a time of unprecedented humanitarian need.

Australias relationship with the world is increasingly mean and self-interested. In Papua New Guinea there exists its coarsest manifestation: Australia would let an entire country fail for its own brief advantage.

Australias foreign policy amounts to pushing a government to act against its own constitution and, on our behalf, imprison hundreds of refugees in an island camp. While this happens, we ignore corruption and economic collapse. Basic institutions fail. The trade-off is that a small and struggling country looks after our human rights abuses for us.

To see Australia in the world is to see a kind of numb amorality. All this happens, and no one seems to care.



Morobe governor sacks officer involved in assault on journalist "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu (Scott Waide)
Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu - "I will not tolerate violence" (Scott Waide)

SCOTT WAIDE | My Land, My Country / Pacific Media Watch

LAE - One month after the incident, Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu has apologised for an assault on Lae-based Post-Courier journalist Frankiy Kapin.

Governor Saonu told the media that the staff member who assaulted Mr Kapin has been sacked and new staff have been appointed.

The governor received strong criticism after he delayed making a public statement to condemn the assault by staff member while the matter was in court.

This led to a month-long standoff between journalists and the governors office during which all media events by the Morobe provincial government were turned down.

The staff member concerned has been terminated from his job as an administration officer as a result of the incident and for bringing the office of the Governor into disrepute, he said.

I am setting this precedent as a warning to all of my staff as well as staff within the Department of Morobe that I will not tolerate violence of any sort.

Journalists from media organisations welcomed the governors statement.

Senior journalists said the stand-off began primarily because it was difficult to get official answers from the governors office on various issues, including an investigation into the spending of K44 million by the previous administration.

Personally, I dont want this stand-off to continue, said NBCs Gabriel Lahoc, responding to the governors statement. It is detrimental to the development of the province and to the people. But we have to make a stand against violence.

EMTV journalist Julie Badui-Owa, who was also threatened during the assault, said it was important that media integrity was protected.


PNG Air reports improved 2017 performance "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG Air Press Release

PNG Air has reported a significantly improved performance in 2017 with overall revenue growing by 28% in 2017 compared to 2016.
The growth in revenue despite soft prevailing economic conditions supports the airlines strategy of re-fleeting by bringing in brand new ATRs and shows that we now provide a competitive alternative for the travelling public of Papua New Guinea, said Murray Woo, chairman of directors of PNG Air.
PNG Air ATR at Kagamuga Airport in Mt Hagen.

Our vision in re-fleeting and rebranding the Airline was to bring first world aviation services to PNG.
"Our challenge now is to make air travel more available to the people of PNG and to keep improving the service we offer."
While revenue grew, the airline recorded an operating loss before abnormal items and tax of K4 million in 2017, which is a significant improvement compared to the K34.84 million operating loss in 2016.
The loss including abnormal items before tax amounted to K11.95 million
in 2017 (K73.53 million in 2016).
Woo commented While the operating loss represented an improvement over 2016, we were aiming to make profits in 2017, but the soft PNG economy, weak global resource prices, foreign exchange difficulties and fuel prices all worked against us.
Highlights for the airline for the year included winning the contract to service all of Newcrests aviation requirements in PNG, and adding two additional brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft to its fleet, bringing the ATR fleet to seven.
The airline now has the youngest fleet in PNG.
Woo said We are confident about the future for PNG Air.
"The economy is expected to grow and there should be more investments in the resource sectors.
"PNG Air has the right aircraft and people...


ISC Preview: Northern Pride v PNG Hunters "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Barlow Park on Saturday, March 17 6pm

Head-to-Head: PNG 4 Pride 3
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PRIDEvPNG

All the attention may have been on Todd Carney last weekend in his return to Australian football but his young halves partner Jake Clifford impressed with his performance, scoring two tries.



Illegal Logging Site Shut-Down, Asians Jailed "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


AN illegal logging company operating in Northern Province was shut down and 13 Asians without work permits were locked up at the Popondetta cells.

Northern Province Police have confirmed the shutdown of the illegal logging company known as Northern Forest Products at Collingwood Bay, Wanigela with thousands of logs and heavy equipment impounded. All logs and equipment will be moved to Oro Bay.

Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector Lincoln Gerari said police had acted on advise from National Forest Authority to move onto the site and shut it down after its illegal operations on 45,000 hectares state land that consists of portions 135, 136 and 137.

We moved in last Friday and caught them off guard, the Asians were cooking pumpkins, and then fled into the bushes and our men went after them, Gerari said.

When caught, the men complained that they were never fed properly and or paid by the site manager since arriving last September.

Police said the loggers...


PNG earthquake response logistics situation update (14 March 2018) "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"
March 14, 2018



The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) through the Emergency Controllers Office, has established Forward operating bases as well as Logistics Bases, with privately donated services from commercial operators and international donors in Mt. Hagen and Moro. There are Emergency Operations Centres in Mendi and Tari from the National Disaster Centre.

The above have been established to serve the worst-hit 7 Local Level Governments (LLG) in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces, namely: North Koroba, South Koroba, Yahapuga Rural, Koma rural, Hulia Rural, Nipa Rural and Lake Kutubu Rural.

Wide-spread damage to infrastructure, including airfields, bridges and access roads, and further landslides caused by recent heavy rains, have been hampering access to affected communities.

GoPNG has cleared the main Highlands Highway connecting Western Highlands, Southern Highlands, and Hela. However, several roads linking to the Highway remain impassable.

Fixed and rotary wings assets by the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces (ADF and NZDF) - made available to support the immediate emergency response phase - are being phased out CH 47 on Friday 16 March and C130 on Monday 19 March, 2018.

A system to request and coordinate the tasking of military and private sector assets has been put in place by the logistics coordination team (further information in the sections below).


The NZDF C-130 which was based in POM to support the initial relief efforts, completed operations on 14 March 2017. The ADF C-130 - also based in POM for rotations to Mt Hagen and Moro will complete its last task on 19 March. The C-130 is currently fully tasked until 17 March. Three ADF CH47 Chinook helicopter will also complete their tasking on 16 March.

Oilsearch and ExxonMobil have three Bell 212 helicopters available for loading from Moro.

MAF has two Twin Otters and three Cessna Caravans for use with some limited cost recovery.

The phasing out of foreign military assets will increase current gaps in reaching hard-to-reach and remote communities living in locations primarily accessible via helicopter. Alternative / commercial transport options and resourcing are being looked into to address this gap.

*Click this link for a PDF



UNICEF Australia launches appeal to help 125,000 Papua New Guinea children urgently needing assistance following earthquakes "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"
March 15, 2018

UNICEF Australia is appealing to the public to help fund its relief effort for the children of Papua New Guinea affected by Februarys 7.5 magnitude earthquake - and more than 100 quakes and tremors.
270,000 people, including 125,000 children, require urgent humanitarian assistance in areas where homes, subsistence farming and basic infrastructure including telecommunications, roads, hospitals and schools were destroyed.
The four provinces affected are in the rugged, mountainous area of PNG called the Highlands Region.
Children are in a constant state of fear and exhaustion.
"Thousands of survivors are crowded into inadequate shelters where some relief is being distributed.
"But children are still extremely traumatised and hungry and face the risk of disease, malnutrition and lack of protection and are of course out of school, said Karen Allen, UNICEF PNG Country Representative.
In the hospitals and clinics still open, people have been admitted with trauma injuries, including crushed bones.
 One woman admitted to Mt Hagen Hospital said she had lost her husband and seven of her children.
One boy, receiving treatment after being hit in the head by falling rocks, says everyone in his village has lost their homes and food gardens. Eleven of his neighbours died.
Tens of thousands of children in the Papua New Guinea Highlands desperately need our support and protection.
"We need to provide space spaces for children who lost the safety of their homes and schools when these collapsed around them, said Tony Stuart, CEO of UNICEF Australia who just returned from meeting affected families in Mt Hagen.
Donations received by UNICEF Australia will directly support children affected by the earthquakes in the Southern Highlands and Hela provinces, to help them access Child Friendly Spaces.
These are spaces where children are protected from abuse and violence, and where they can receive psychosocial support and counselling.
UNICEF is also working closely with partners and the Papua New Guinea Government to deliver hygiene kits, basic sanitation and delivery of vaccines for children and women.
 Funding is needed to restore damaged cold chain facilities to properly store vaccines and ensure that devices are in place for hypothermia and neonatal resuscitation.
About half of children under-five in Papua New Guinea are chronically malnourished; the highest rate in the Pacific and fourth worst in the world.
 A high proportion are not fully vaccinated.
The situation is likely to get worse with the ongoing emergency so UNICEF has prioritised ready-to-use ther...


Papua New Guinea works on digital preparations for natural disasters "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Multi-hazard monitoring and warning systems best practice is a way forward for Papua New Guinea to prepare for national disasters digitally.

Ruel Yamuni, chair of the Emergency Preparedness Working Group meeting said that this would help in efficient data collection and processing.

Papua New Guinea experiences natural disasters such as draught, flood, landslide, tsunami, king tides, wild fire, frost, cyclone and volcanic eruption that affect the people and finding solution to them is vital.

That can be achieved through harnessing inclusive opportunities and embracing the digital future.

This will help to identify and document specific digital technologies and procedures, which best practice in communicating warnings lead to impact prevention and mitigation and in doing so it contributes to better preparedness and risk expansion of the scientific knowledge to improve warning through research and technology,...


Chinese Government provides humanitarian emergency assistance to Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Chinese Ministry of Commerce

Since February 26, 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and several aftershocks struck central Papua New Guinea, which was the largest earthquake since 1922.
By March 7, the earthquake has caused at least 122 deaths and over one hundred million yuan losses, and many buildings have been destroyed.
To show the Chinese governments friendship and support for the government and people of Papua New Guinea as well as the international humanitarian spirit, the government of China initiated the emergency humanitarian assistance mechanism and decided to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to help Papua New Guinea deal with this disaster and post-disaster reconstruction. 


Further New Zealand support for Papua New Guinea earthquake "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"
March 16, 2018

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced a further $3 million (K6.96 million) package of support following the February 26 earthquake in Papua New Guinea.
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters 

The full extent of this disaster is only becoming clear now nearly three weeks later; there has been extensive damage to water and food sources, transport infrastructure and significant loss of life, Mr Peters said.
New Zealand has been working with the Government of Papua New Guinea, Australia and other donors to provide humanitarian relief, transporting relief supplies from New Zealand to Papua New Guinea and from Port Moresby into the Highlands.
This latest funding will be used to meet ongoing needs on the ground and includes up to $1.5 million for New Zealand NGOs with local partners to deliver ongoing emergency relief and early recovery activities in the Highlands.
The Highlands region of Papua New Guinea is a challenging environment and the response and subsequent recovery will take time. This additional support reflects this, Mr Peters said.
This funding is in addition to an initial package of $500,000 and the deployment of a New Zealand Defence Force C-130 Hercules carrying emergency supplies to Papua New Guinea.


Papua New Guinea: Highlands Earthquake Situation Report No. 2 (as of 14 March 2018) "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"
March 14, 2018

This report (click to get PDF of full report) is produced by the National Disaster Centre, the Office of the Resident Coordinator and the United Nations Coordination and Assessment (UNDAC) Team in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by the Disaster Management Team Secretariat. It covers the period from 10 March to 14 March 2018. The next report will be issued on or around 16 March 2018.


According to initial estimates, over 544,000 people are affected across the five most affected provinces. Over 270,000 people require immediate humanitarian assistance.

Priority needs include medicine, tarpaulins and tents, blankets, food, and water.

The Government, private companies and humanitarian partners have focused initial relief efforts on communities in the worst-hit seven Local Level Government (LLGs) in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces.

Main roads linking Hela and Southern Highlands provinces have been cleared, but many communities can only be reached with air assets.

The Government has established Forward Operating Bases in Mt. Hagen and Moro, as well as Emergency Operations Centres in Mendi and Tari.

544,368 affected people

270,442 people in need of assistance

18,200 displaced in 26 informal care centres

7 LLGs prioritized for urgent assistance

Situation Overview

The National Disaster Centre (NDC) estimates that around 544,000 people have been affected in five provinces and that more than 270,000 people are in immediate need of assistance. According to the Government, the death toll has reached more than 100 people. Reports from provincial disaster offices confirm 37 deaths in Southern Highlands Province, mostly in the Mendi area due to landslides and collapsing walls, over 300 injured people. The Western Provincial Disaster Office has confirmed 13 people killed, three injured and another three missing. Many reports of casualties across the affected provinces remain to be confirmed. The full impact is likely to remain unclear as many areas remain difficult to reach.

Based on preliminary estimates, earthquake intensity mapping and assessment data, the Government has prioritized:

37,689 people most severely affected and in need of immediate assistance in 7 LLGs1 in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces;

232,753 people affected...


Americares responds to Papua New Guinea earthquake "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Stamford, Conn. March 14, 2018 An Americares emergency team is headed to Papua New Guinea where more than 270,000 people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake.
The full extent of the damage is still unknown more than two weeks after the Feb 26 earthquake.
Aftershocks, landslides and blocked roads are hampering the relief efforts.
Local officials are reporting at least 125 people have died and tens of thousands have been forced from their homes.
Survivors desperately need medicine, tarps, blankets, food and water, according to the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team.
 Those displaced include traumatised survivors afraid to return home due to aftershocks.
Our first priority is ensuring survivors have access to critical health services, said Americares vice-president of emergency programmes Kate Dischino.
 Once we have a team on the ground we will have a better understanding of the situation and the most urgent needs.
Americares, a health-focused relief and development organisation, is prepared to deliver medicine and relief supplies and support the restoration of health services for survivors.
Emergency response experts from Americares offices in the United States and the Philippines will deploy this week.
Americares helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, increase access to medicine and medical supplies, improve and expand clinical services, prevent disease and promote good health.
 Its emergency response team responds to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year from earthquakes and cyclones to disease outbreaks and civil conflict.


Stories worth telling: Nick Danzigers Revisited exhibition "IndyWatch Feed"

Last month I was among some 100+ people who attended a special pre-opening at the Drill Hall Gallery of Nick Danzigers Revisited exhibition as part of the 2018 Australasian Aid Conference. Its an exhibition that I was enormously pleased to see arrive in Canberra. After viewing it three years prior at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York, I had worked with the Development Policy Centre, Nick Danziger, and the Drill Hall Gallery to bring it to Australia.

It was easy to see why the opening drew such a crowd. Danziger, an internationally-renowned photographer and documentary film-maker, is also a passionate advocate for human rights and development, and a compelling speaker. And what stories he had to tell.

The genesis of Revisited was a commission Danziger received from World Vision in 2005 to visit eight of the poorest countries in the world to show the contribution that charities such as itself were making to the achievement of the eight Millennium Development Goals. The work took Danziger to Armenia, Bolivia, Cambodia, Honduras, India, Niger, Uganda and Zambia. What he found was that while schools were being built and wells dug, systemic change was only occurring in those places where it was driven by government policy, and they were the exception rather than the rule.

Danziger decided to document those people who were not being reached by development projects, and he realised that to gain a true understanding of the dynamics of poverty that he was witnessing, one visit wouldnt be enough. Independently of World Vision, Danziger went back in 2010 and once more in 2015 to the same places, to try to find the same people and see how their lives had changed.

When people are living in countries where basic services and essential infrastructure dont exist or dont work, its something of a challenge to keep track of them. Yet, somewhat astonishingly, and with substantial local help, Danziger managed in both 2010 and 2015 to find all but one of the individuals he met in 2005. As a result, Revisited tells a series of stories of children, young people and their families, and the trajectory of development in their countries over a decade.

At the pre-opening, Danziger shared the backgrounds to gathering some of these stories, bringing us a step closer into the lives of those he met. Happy endings were few and far between, but they were there among the people he met in India and Bolivia, for example. It is in these countries where evolving or new laws had combined with the determination of individuals and communities to bring about positive change, including improved rights and protection for transgender people in Tamil Nadu in India, and hi...

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