Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Nuclear free: Now solved - the mystery of this ni-Vanuatu girl from 1983

THIS GIRL is featured on the front cover of David Robie's 2014 book - Don't Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific (Little Island Press). It was taken in 1983 at Independence Park, Port Vila, Vanuatu, during the Nuclear-Free and Independent Pacific conference.

She also appears in a Hawai'an Voice video version of the song Nuclear Free (at 1min08sec) by Huarere. I would love to know who she is and where she is today.

Perhaps she is in her late 30s today?

If anybody has any information about her identity and where she might be now, please email David Robie.

There is now a second edition out of DSMBF linked to the 30th anniversary of the Rainbow Warrior bombing on 10 July 1985.

NOW SOLVED! : Thanks to "sleuthing" by members of Vanuatu Daily Digest, Gwen Amankwah-Toa, Kirk Huffman, the regional secretary of the Anglican Region of Port Vila and New Caledonia, Selwyn A. Leodoro, and Bob Makin, she has been at long last identified for me. I received several ID messages today, February 15, 2016. Tank yu tumas!

She is June Keitadi, daughter of Weitas and Jack Keitadi, then assistant curator of the Vanuatu Kaljoral Senta (now National Museum), and lives on Aneityum with her own family. I hope to one day meet her personally again and give her a copy of my book.

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