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

Peacekeeping in Bougainville: playing volleyball

A volleyball game with Bougainville children (who look willing but not convinced) served a number of purposes. Interactions like these helped lower tension in communities and let them get to know the New Zealanders peacekeepers better. 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 land mines, or preventing confrontations.

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New Zealand Defence Force
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, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36089/peacekeeping-in-bougainville-playing-volleyball (accessed 22 October 2017)

Story by David Capie, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 10 Jun 2015