Solved: Do you recognise this ni-Vanuatu girl from 1983?Posted: February 15, 2016
Update: mystery solved! Thanks to some sleuthing by our community of readers, we’ve discovered that the 1983 picture is of June Keitadi, daughter of former assistant curator of the Vanuatu Kaljoral Senta Jack Keitadi. She now lives on Aneityum with her family.
In 1983, at Independence Park, Port Vila, this young ni-Vanuatu girl was photographed during the Nuclear-Free and Independent Pacific conference, protesting against France’s nuclear weapons testing on Muroroa Atoll, French Polynesia.
The girl is also featured on the front cover of New Zealand journalist and media educator’s David Robie‘s 2014 book – Don’t Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific. The placard she was holding at the time is the source of the book’s title.
The girl also appears in the video of the song ‘Nuclear Free‘ (video link below) by legendary Vanuatu string band Huarere (the girl can be seen at 1 minute and 8 seconds).
The girl would now be in her late thirties, and David Robie would love to know who she is and find out where she is today.