Faces of Bougainville: The Cook

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

“The Cook”; Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea; December 2012

We were inside a compound deep in the jungle and, as my teammates chatted with our hosts, I explored the surroundings with my camera and found her below a stilted building silently peeling a basket of sweet potatoes for dinner.  Operated by catholic nuns, the compound was a rescue center for women in conflict and other difficult circumstances.


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