RAMSI: A history in pictures documents the history, people, places and events that have shaped the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) since it commenced in Solomon Islands in 2003.
The photo exhibition, which is currently touring the Pacific region, features over 300 spectacular images from across the Solomon Islands, including many from the initial period of weapons being surrendered and the arrest of key militants, the tragic murder of Australian policeman Adam Dunning, and the riots that shook the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, in 2006.
RAMSI: A history in pictures also charts the progress that has been made in Solomon Islands in areas including the strengthening of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, the fight against corruption, and the rebuilding of the Solomon Islands economy. It includes individual sections dedicated to each of the contribution of the 15 countries that make up RAMSI, and some of the faces from each country that have served with RAMSI since it was formed in 2003.
The first display of the exhibition in 2010 was timed to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Biketawa Declaration, the key regional agreement that paved the way for Pacific Islands Forum countries to provide collective support to a fellow member of the Forum in a crisis situation.
See the exhibition
In 2011, the exhibition was exhibited in Samoa, Solomon Islands and in Auckland, New Zealand. The exhibition which showcases the history, people and places that have shaped RAMSI over nearly a decade, has now been seen by more than 12,000 people. In June 2012, the exhibition was displayed at the UN headquarters in New York, USA.
RAMSI: A history in pictures will be exhibited in the following locations in the coming months.
20 July - 23 August 2012 - Canberra, Australia - Parliament House
Download the Exhibition Booklet (3.6MB)