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|Object type||Colour - Film original negative 35mm|
|Place made||Pacific Islands: Solomon Islands, Bougainville|
|Date made||January 2001|
Captain (Capt) Paul McCrohan, Monitoring Team Arawa (MT-A) (left) and Sapper (Spr) Jimmy Davis, Military Information Support Team B (MIST-B) (second from left) talking to Chief Patrick, the Chief of Manetai Village during an information patrol. The local patrol escort, wearing a pink t-shirt and holding a sheaf of papers, looks on. Capt McCrohan and Spr Davis are part of the Peace Monitoring Group (PMG) which replaced the New Zealand led Truce Monitoring Group following the signing of a permanent ceasefire agreement on 30 April 1998, and remained in the country until 30 June 2003. The PMG helped build confidence in the peace process by facilitating meetings and distributing peace related information. A total of 5,000 unarmed military and civilian personnel from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Vanuatu served on the PMG. The conflict in Bougainville was one of the most serious in the South Pacific region since the Second World War, with an estimated 15,000 deaths and up to 70,000 people in refugee or displaced persons camps. It started in 1989 and lasted until the truce agreement in July 1997, although it was nine months until a permanent ceasefire was agreed to and signed.