Haus sik bilong Kieta by bobfoto

Haus sik bilong Kieta

Believe it or not. This is what I came to see. Seriously. This is the Hospital in Kieta. Kieta was the beachside playground of all the miners when Panguna Copper Mine was up and running. They all lived in Arawa, but on weekends and days off, they would head here and swim in the blue waters and there was an open air amphitheatre that showed movies and theatre. If I was to turn around where I am standing here and take a photo, you would see shady palm trees, sandy white beach, crystal blue waters and an island shaped like a Crocodile, called PukPuk Island. Kieta is truly paradise. The most gorgeous scene I ever did see while in Papua New Guinea.

During the 10 year hostilities, Kieta was razed to the ground, including this interesting building which once was the hospital.

This took forever to find, we searched old Mission grounds, old school grounds, old memorial sites with American Tanks and Japanese Zeros on poles, but we stopped and chatted to a lady digging in the garden, and she showed us the Hospital location. I gave her some of my big huge Arawa Betelnut and she gave me a big buai smile. I took her photo.

Oh yeah, lets go back... The Toyota that the lady yesterday gave me the keys to, is how I finally got to Kieta, and yes, each time we stopped it, we had to push start it to get it started again. So we had a driver who was some guy who hung out at the church, and Father Austin was my guide, and me, just sitting in the back, jumping out from time to time to push start the car. We nearly killed the car near a Mobile Phone Antennae up on top of a hill, but that's a crazy story! Shit happens eh?

So I was loving my day, I found what I wanted, I got where I wanted, I was handing out the nut, I was winning. But things can change so quickly in PNG - the Land of the Unexpected. We dropped off the Driver at Loloho, and Father Austin and I checked out the huge scrap heap of junk piled ready for the Chinese to take away for scrap metal. It was piles of the Mine and its operation plant, forklifts, big trucks, power lines, power poles, drying plants, conveyor belts, pipes, cars, houses, all piled up on the wharf, ready for the ships to come and take it away. Rio Tinto and Bougainville Copper had been kicked fair and truly in the fucking nuts by the Bougainville Revolutionary Army and Francis Ona and friends. Take that!

And just when I thought things couldn't have changed, I precede towards the photograph for tomorrow, the one I claim as the Hardest Ever Photograph that I have pushed the shutter on.

PNG, it sure knows how to fuck you over. The Land of the Unexpected.

Photo taken 7 August 2008. Title reads: Kieta Hospital.
This is a beautiful shot Jason. The colours are fantastic...story isn't bad either
August 10th, 2012  
cool structure
August 10th, 2012  
What Sue said.
August 10th, 2012  
@swilde @kjarn - The Jungle was slowly taking over...

@houdiniem - I do like the bit of art on the wall... made me think.
August 10th, 2012  
@bobfoto of walls?
August 10th, 2012  
Nice shot.
August 10th, 2012  
Great shot Jason, maybe a bit like a contemporary Angkor Wat? I was thinking do you know if the language(s) of PNG are in anyway similar to Indonesian?
Again great story - can't wait for tomorrow, even though it sounds like something bad is gonna happen...
August 10th, 2012  
Well they got rid of progress in a way that they only they know! Green peace would be cheering but I don't know what is right except we have to take what is happening around us - disrespect, domestic violence, sexual preferences etc without even stamping ones foot!
August 10th, 2012  
Apart from what I said above - you have a great story telling talent!
August 10th, 2012  
Love this continued saga. Hope you park the car down-hill each time you stop.
August 10th, 2012  
You have seen places I can only dream about , thanks for sharing your images & your story Jason ..
August 10th, 2012  
It looks like an indiana jones movie!
August 10th, 2012  
Great ruin- the art work, is it metal? Odd that it would remain but it is beautiful.
August 10th, 2012  
Very interesting pic, but the tension is rising.
August 10th, 2012  
The metal artwork on the front of the hospital is amazing, as is the photo. I am glad you found the hospital after all of that, but now I am worried to see tomorrow's photo. Also, I'll look back to read more about the Betelnut.
August 10th, 2012  
Looks like it has come straight out of Indiana jones movie. Fantastic .
August 10th, 2012  
Stunning.
August 10th, 2012  
God damn you Jason, I am on the edge of my seat now.....
Looks like paradise
August 10th, 2012  
@houdiniem - Ed Zachary!

@dalboy - Cheers Graeme :)

@lily - there are one or two Tok Pisin words that can be found in the Indonesian language as well as Polynesia and Malaysia too, when I travelled to the Irian Jaya/ West Papua side of the country, they did speak a Tok Ples so as to annoy the Javanese that have invaded that side of New Guinea. Tok Pisin or PNG Pidgin is really a new language so that us "dim dims" can communicate with the locals.

@maggiemae - Thanks Maggiemae, the damage was already done. Greenpeace and friends would be cheering too late. Bougainville Copper were really destructive with their disposal of tailings, but even in the compensation from that, that may have been the seed that created the BRA???

@tonydebont - That is nearly what killed the car up on top of the Mobile Phone Hill!

@steveh - Cheers Steve, thank you.

@fodandfun - It sure does with that low cloud and the jungle taking over!

@jannkc - I think it must be metal, it also must have been very well attached!

@tigerdreamer - The photo is now posted.

@boatpainter - Worry no longer Janet. I have posted and I am okay now...

@abhijit - Cheers Abhijit, thanks!

@anotherdreamer - thank you kindly. :D

@michelleyoung - You should have seen the beach! And sit back in your seat. The story is now there.
August 11th, 2012  
Amazing how nature reclaims her own isn't it.
August 11th, 2012  
@webfoot - If you ever decide to visit North Queensland, Australia Paul, then let me know and we will meet at a place called Paronella Park. A truly amazing 'castle' being consumed by the Rainforest! You would love it!
August 11th, 2012  
August 11th, 2012  
@houdiniem - Sorry, my English is how you say "not very good"... well at least my spelling ain't. I meant to say Exactly.
August 11th, 2012  
OMG all these stories. you should write a book. I have so much fun reading your posts, I never know what is going to happen next!
August 11th, 2012  
@kamb - Thanks Karen. Be prepared for Monday. Just a quiet warning... ;)
August 11th, 2012  
@bobfoto Ah yes that smart alex
August 12th, 2012  
Love that panel - looks beautiful among the nature reclaiming its own. Wonder what it was like before the beasts struck..
August 13th, 2012  
@filsie65 - I vaguely recall a black and white photo in my office, but I can't recall the detail. What I wanted was next door.
August 13th, 2012  
beautiful shot but now i have to head to the next picture to see how the story goes on...
August 23rd, 2012  
@agentzuckerguss - That's the plan...
August 24th, 2012  
It's hard to believe that was once a hospital.
September 3rd, 2012  
@hellcat - not when Mining money was involved.
September 3rd, 2012  
Really like the sign/artwork. Another great story
September 7th, 2012  
@palusami - Wonder what it would have looked like before the conflict?
September 7th, 2012  
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