A landowners taskforce in West Rennell has accused the Lake Tegano World Heritage Site Association of child abuse after the Association released a picture of a child holding a banner reading “No Mining and Logging at Lake Tegano”.
The picture was published on the front page of the Solomon Star newspaper last week as a photo article on Rennell children voicing their concerns against mining activities planned for Rennell and Bellona Province.
Secretary of the West Rennell Landowners Task Force Dictor Maitaki says the use of children in anti-mining and anti-logging campaigns amounts to child abuse.
“My concern is why do we have to go that far and use innocent children one’s own agenda? To me this is too bad and in my opinion it amounts to child abuse.”
Meanwhile, the Secretary of the West Rennell Landowners Task Force says he appeals to Associations to limit the use of children in media campaigns on issues of logging and mining in Rennell and Bellona Province.