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.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
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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