Taste my tears
Silence my screams
Catch my hits
Stop my trembling
Women Not Witches
Julie suffered severe injuries when she was kidnapped and gang raped © Vlad Sokhin
Six-year-old Julie was kidnapped by four men in Lae. They raped her for eight hours and then left her on the street.
Her injuries are so severe that she can barely walk and can never have children.
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN PNG
Facing violence, torture and death is a horrifying reality for many women and girls in PNG.
Violence and murder
Despite new laws making sexual and domestic violence against women a crime, women and girls in PNG still face savage attacks and even death at the hands of strangers and family members. Gang members in the country admit to committing rape and armed robbery, with two-thirds of their victims being women.
Women and girls in PNG are also the victims of sorcery-related attacks. Accused of witchcraft – often by neighbours or loved ones – they are subject to beatings, torture and death, with some even being burned alive.
Such cases are rarely brought to court, perpetuating the brutal tradition.
But things can change.
THE SOLUTION: A TWO-PRONGED APPROACH
To prevent further violence and death against women and girls in PNG, we need to act fast. We can tackle these horrendous issues head on from two angles.
During times of crisis or danger, your support allows us to:
With enough resources and research we can continue to:
Far away eyes,
to the ordinary eye,
safer than reality,
where we can’t be
worlds that hold,
‘For you I will’
There are several ways to lose loved ones to Domestic Violence.
I have written about one friend. This is another.
Scream, screech, rage,
Stalk, hunt, maim,
Claw, rip, tear,
ecstasy, satisfaction, shame
weep, wail, shriek,
anguish, madness, pain
In the name of discipline
From curtain rod holders,
a six-year old swings,
On a chair a policeman sits,
shaking his head in disbelief,
He moves away to stop the itch,
to untie the baby hanging from two strings,
sand-filled buckets weighing down his feet,
bruises covering every inch,
ribs jutting out through his skin,
The neighbor says, “I had to ring,
when the child was nowhere to be seen
don’t know where his daddy’s been.”
Cop walks out taking his momma in,
She explains, “he always been a difficult kid,
so I was only giving him some discipline.”
Children are a gift from God! They should be loved and cherished .