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Peacekeeping in Bougainville: playing volleyball (1st of 3)

Peacekeeping in Bougainville: playing volleyball

This volleyball game with Bougainville children (who look willing but not convinced) served a number of purposes. Such interactions helped reduce tensions in communities and let them get to know the New Zealand peacekeepers. Attention to children emphasised peacekeepers' commitment to supporting the whole community. For the New Zealanders, it was also a welcome break from searching for weapons and landmines, or preventing confrontations.

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Reference: Rebecca Adams, Peace on Bougainville: Truce Monitoring Group = Gudpela nius bilong peace. Wellington: Victoria University Press in association with the Centre for Strategic Studies, New Zealand, 2001

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David Capie, 'Peacekeeping - Bougainville and East Timor', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by David Capie, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jun 2015