|June Keitadi (left), now Warigini, with Del Abcede grating coconut at a chance meeting on Aneityum Island |
on Christmas Day 2015. Photo by David Robie
So the mystery is finally over. In 1983, I took this photo of a young ni-Vanuatu girl at a nuclear-free Pacific rally in Independence Park, Port Vila. She was aged about five at the time.
|June Keitadi with her family's "No nukes" placard|
at Independence Park, Port Vila, Vanuatu,1983.
On the left (yellow tee) is her mother Annie Weitas.
Photo: David Robie
“Who is she? Where is she from and what is she doing now?”
Her placard slogan became the inspiration for my 2014 book, Don’t Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific, published by Little Island Press in New Zealand.
I would have loved to have named her in the book with the cover image of her. So this spurred me onto to more determined efforts to discover her identity.
First of all I posted the photo – and a Hawai’ian solidarity video that also showed the little girl, discovered by Alistar Kata – on my blog Café Pacific last October 10. Almost 1100 people viewed the blog item, but no tip-offs.