Stories of hope and change

Rachael’s Story


Rachael is a widowed mother of one who never thought she would be harmed by the people she knew.

Rachael was physically assaulted by a group of men in her community because she was accused of sorcery after the death of someone in the area where she lived. She couldn’t run away because she was badly injured from the cuts and bruises that the perpetrators inflicted on her. She was tortured and almost killed, when fortunately, the police intervened and rescued her.

Rachael was later referred to Femili PNG by the police and was assisted to access medical treatment for her wounds at the hospital and with her other basic needs during this time.

Femili PNG worked closely with Oxfam to ensure Rachael’s safety. With the help of police, she was relocated to a safer location until the arrest of the perpetrators.

Femili PNG is supported by the Australian Government in partnership with the Government of Papua New Guinea as part of the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development program.

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* Not her real name