Spouse Not Scapegoat

Amnesty International Australia continues campaign to stop violence against women in Papua New Guinea:

Hellen was having a fight with her drunk husband in 2005 when he chopped off her leg with a bush knife. Their young children witnessed the attack.

Fearing for her life, Hellen fled. She returned home only after her husband died in 2010.

Help STOP the violence against women and girls in Papua New Guinea, now and forever

Image credit: Vlad Sokhin

Image credit: Vlad Sokhin

Shark callers of Papua New Guinea

In October 2013 I spent a week in New Ireland Island of Papua New Guinea, working for The Global Mail with Jo Chandler on a story about seabed mining and the last of shark callers from Messi village. Check out a short film and a long read report from one of the most remotest parts of the world.

The Last of the Shark Callers

Meet the shark callers of Mesi. For centuries people there have practiced shark calling — beckoning sharks close with a special rattle and then yanking them in their outrigger canoes. Those left say that in recent years their catch has depleted, and they wonder whether exploratory work in nearby waters linked to a world-first seabed mining project might be partly to blame. Despite the assurances of scientists and the mining company, they worry also about the long term implications of underwater mining on the seas and fish that have long sustained them (The Global Mail).

Read “Mining the Abyss” by Jo Chandler

Shark Callers

Human Rights Watch PNG report

Human Rights Watch reports on police brutality and violence against women in Papua New Guinea:

Papua New Guinea: Address Police Brutality

People inspect a photo of the torture of a woman, who was accused of sorcery by people from her village. © Vlad Sokhin/OHCHR

People inspect a photo of the torture of a woman, who was accused of sorcery by people from her village.
© Vlad Sokhin/OHCHR

Shining a light on Papua New Guinea’s dark side

My interview on New Zealand’s Channel 3 News, which featured “Crying Meri” and other projects from Papua New Guinea.


Helen’s story

Multimedia story about Helen Michael – a PNG woman who was attacked by a stranger in Port Moresby. The attacker bit her bottom lip off. She literally fought for her life.

After being disfigured she went to the Papua New Guinean media to tell her story in the hope of getting justice and an end to violence against women in her country. She is an inspiring mother, woman and leader who is fighting for women’s rights in PNG.

In Papua New Guinea, women are raped, killed and maimed on a shocking scale. The brutality is severe, often involving bush knives, axes, burning and even biting.

Photo and video: Vlad Sokhin, editing: Roman Kalyakin, Vlad Sokhin. Produced for ChildFund Australia

Front page of Post-Courrier (PNG)

Special edition of Post-Courier Papua New Guinea on UN day of elimination violence against women (November 2013)


Back to my blog

After more than half a year of absence, I’m back to this blog. For the last 6 months I had an incredible experience in the Pacific working with UNICEF, UN Women, Amnesty International, World Vision, ChildFund Australia, Population Services International (PSI), Oil Search Health Foundation, The Global Mail, The Guardian and others as a photographer, videographer, documentary film-maker and multimedia producer. And in less then two weeks I’m going back to the Pacific to continue documenting different aspects of life in that remote part of the World.

I will keep posting my updates and links about my work to this blog as long as I have internet. Please stay tuned!

Hanuabada village, Port Moresby, PNG.

Hanuabada village, Port Moresby, PNG.

Amnesty International’s “Women Not Witches” appeal

Amnesty International Australia recently started “Women not Witches” appeal to help stop ‘sorcery’ related violence in Papua New Guinea.

Please support Amnesty and those human rights defenders in PNG who everyday risk their lives to help survivors of sorcery attacks live in safety.


Read more about violence against women in PNG on Amnesty’s web-site: