WOMEN, CHILDREN BLOCK SOLOMONS LOGGING BULLDOZER

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Dec. 19) – More than 30 women and children stood arm in arm with their Chief, MacPherson Suharo, to successfully block four logging bulldozers from passing through the village road in Maniwiriwiri village on Makira recently.

The bulldozers were on their way to a logging project in an area that holds the village's water supply and dam.

[PIR editor’s note: Makira island is to the southeast of Guadalcanal in the Solomons.]

A Makira man Victor Kohaia reports from Kirakira that this is the latest peaceful confrontation in the community as concerned villagers try to stop logging from destroying their forest resources, water supply, tribal land and customs.

He says that last week a group of men from the community confronted bulldozers set to destroy trees and plow through community gardens and cocoa plantations.

Mr Kohaia says the group blocked the road with a tree, carved all the survey marks from the trees and told the loggers they were not welcome.

Chief Suharo has not signed any logging agreements but listened to the concerns raised by the women of the village.

Women at Maniwiriwiri have taken a strong stance against logging and have promised to continue to stand against the loggers as long as they continue to come on their land.

December 20, 2005

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: http://www.sibconline.com.sb/

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