Photographer's Note

These three children live in Ioribaiwa village in the Owen Stanley Ranges of Papua New Guinea - their village is only accessible by foot. We passed through Ioribaiwa village on the morning of the second day of an 8day and 96km trek along the Kokoda Track.

The Kokoda Track passes through the battlefields of one of the bloodiest campaigns of World War 2 where 3000 Japanese and 600 Australians lost their lives.

Ioribaiwa was the furtherest point reached by the Japanese advance. Here the Australian diggers suffered under the Japanese mountain guns before the tide turned and they began forcing the the Japanese back.

The colourful children show life has moved on despite the grey past of their village.

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Additional Photos by Marlene Fegan (mafegan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 859 W: 98 N: 1396] (8626)
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