Big Damage - Papua New Guinea

70% of PNG logging illegal

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The World Bank estimates that 70% of logging in Papua New Guinea is illegal. Behind this lies a story of exploitation for the local people. This moving report investigates the true cost of timber.

"We are just like we were before, in darkness...", one local says. Promises of clean water and education for signatures on documents the locals couldn't read haven't come. Malaria is rife with camps disposing of oil in the river, the community's lifeline. "We know the damage that the company is doing", but as the government ignores their calls for help, they are forced to rely on the company exploiting them to survive.

September 2011