BEFORE 1988 and Bougainville’s crisis era, politics was something belonging to the middle aged or older men.
But there is evidence in the post crisis period that youth is marching into their island’s politics as the 2015-2020 window to hold referendum to decide Bougainville’s political future moves closer.
The question: to secede from or integrate with Papua New Guinea.
Here at Divine Word University in Madang nearly all senior Bougainvillean students seem to have an accessible copy of the Bougainville Peace Agreement and the Bougainville Constitution in their laptops.
Out-of-school-hour debates on Bougainville’s future and its constitution are unceasing.