Jodi Bieber
A child at the Family Support Centre in Tari, Hela Province, in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea. MSF sees an average of 100 survivors of family and sexual violence a month at the Centre. Despite having some of the highest rates of violence against women and girls in the world outside of a conflict zone, in Papua New Guinea there are only 6 safe houses in the country, five of them are in the capital, Port Moresby and there are none in Tari. Children are often unable to express or articulate their experiences and emotions following incidents of abuse and need tailored child-friendly counselling in a safe space, with approaches that aim to establish and build trust. However, there are few trained counsellors in the country and even fewer with child-specific training.