Bougainville, with its rich mineral resources, was claimed as part of Papua New Guinea from 1886. By the time it was forced to close in 1989, a huge copper mining operation was providing about 20% of the Papua New Guinea government's revenue, with little returned to the province. Here, Bougainville rebels are shown guarding the Panguna mine in 1996.
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Photograph by Ben Bohane
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