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缺乏支援的原居民

    來自荷蘭的攝影記者Ingetje Tadros,過往曾拍攝過不少引起重大迴響的攝影作品,如紀錄印度尼西亞的精神病患者的待遇、印度的麻風病人的生活狀況等。
    這輯名為《This is My Country》的攝影作品,是紀錄位於澳洲西部一個名叫Kennedy Hill的遙遠山區,原居民在缺乏支援的情況下所過着的生活狀況。

Meah (3 yr) and Marjorie (5 yr) playing on 'the Hill' which are the sand dunes behind their family home in Kennedy Hill. Free as little birds they run and play in the sand dunes, unaware of the problems their Community is dealing with. This is such a beautiful place, the sand is white, the water is turquoise, the sky is blue and the view is even more spectacular. This is a pristine location. Broome, Western Australia. ©Ingetje Tadros/Diimex

Chrissy turned 21 and the Seaside Drifters Band from One Mile Community (Broome) came over to Kennedy Hill for a gig and played in the old office of Kennedy Hill which has now been demolished. Broome, Western Australia. ©Ingetje Tadros/Diimex

Liam, Charlette, Quane, Marjorie and Megs relaxing while watching tv in Charlette's room. Tourists fly in from all over the world to Broome to enjoy the Cable Beach resorts and the surrounding pristine environment but for the residents of Kennedy Hill this reality is totally removed from their world. Broome, Western Australia. ©Ingetje Tadros/Diimex

Amanda Lewis lays on the couch in Esther's house in Kennedy Hill wondering what the day will bring. The word is that Kennedy Hill will slowly but surely be completely demolished. It is now seven dwellings left. When all the dwellings are gone, where will all the people moved on by the Mallingbar Aboriginal Corporation go? The land may either be sold or in some sort of joint venture developed. Broome, Western Australia. ©Ingetje Tadros/Diimex

Esther Yumbi having breakfast in her home in Kennedy Hill. Due to excessive alcohol consumption she has been diagnosed with kidney disease and now is being treated in Perth Hospital 2300 km away. Broome, Western Australia. ©Ingetje Tadros/Diimex

An Aboriginal woman is 45 times more likely to experience domestic violence than a white woman. Violence patterns are passed on from parents to their children. In Australia it takes police up to two years to respond to cases of domestic violence and take victims seriously. Broome, Western Australia ©Ingetje Tadros/Diimex

"I did not have any support from Goverment's Services after I lost my niece in Mowanjum. 1 1/2 year later, still waiting for assistance of Services or Organisations to talk about a lot of things that's happening in our Community- naa- nothing still happening!".."are they too selfish, to ignorant and too proud in the head to deal with the issues and not the people??." Sharon Wiggan (R) and her little niece Antoinnette. Broome, Western Australia.

"Suicides have increased and many are homeless as others had no option but to move in with family members as not enough new houses where provided." In 2011, all families living at Oombulgurri were evicted from their homes after the government of Western Australia deemed the community "unviable". The Government of Western Australia has flattened the Aboriginal homelands community of Oombulgurri in 2014. Although many refused to leave, Western Australia's Government closed the health clinic, school, police station, shop, and shut off the townís power and water. The last residents from Oombulgurri were relocated to Wyndham, the northernmost town in the Kimberley region. (I-Ingetje Tadros wanted to see and feel the situation and hired a boat in Wyndham and took five people back. Oombulgurriís residents and traditional owners have been fighting to return ever since. ©Ingetje Tadros. Oombulgurri, Western Australia

"Going for a killer." Before the white men invaded, Aboriginal people had a great food source to choose from which came from the bush, the land, seas and waterways. The people have a great understanding of the changing season and environment. Aboriginal people on the coast would have a diet of shellfish, turtles, dugon, fish, berries etc and people inland would have fresh water fish, yabbies, emu, duck, kangaroo, snakes etc. ©Ingetje Tadros, The Kimberley, Western Australia

Meah (5 yr) standing outside her family home, it's 7.30 AM and watching the bulldozer demolishing Kennedy Hill's Office. Now four houses and one Office have been demolished, seven houses remain. Recently the Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett, committed to closing down approximately 150 remote Aboriginal Communities in Western Australia. What will the future be for Kennedy Hill? Broome, Western Australia. ©Ingetje Tadros/Diimex

Sussanne Charmawina and Jacquelin waking up in their new camp, at the other side of the fence, as the condemned house they used before in Kennedy Hill, has now been demolished. Till this day this camp is still being used by many homeless people. Broome, Western Australia. ©Ingetje Tadros/Diimex

Alan Dededar leaving Kennedy Hill and mentioned to me he is on his way to Centacare. Centacare Kimberley in Broome provides a range of services to people who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or are experiencing financial hardship. Centacare have an outreach team that engages with people sleeping rough throughout the Broome area with a primary focus on supporting them to access social housing. Centacare runs a homeless breakfast. Alan is from Balgo a dry community (alcohol is not permitted) and is squatting in a condemned house in Kennedy Hill. (This house has now been demolished). Broome, Western Australia. ©Ingetje Tadros/Diimex

"They had no more use for Aboriginal people"..,"when they closed down the stations we lived in, they moved us out, that's how Balgo and surrounding communities started." Hityer Gordon, Kununarra, Western Australia.

100-150 Aboriginal communities in Western Australia are part of a sweeping government policy of settlement closure and dissolution of Indigenous Australian communities. Closing down communities is devastating for the people who live in them. It represents a physical, emotional, spiritual and painful disconnect for Aboriginal people from sacred land. The Kimberley, Western Australia.

All photos by Ingetje Tadros

Ingetje Tadros’ website: www.ingetjetadros.com