Asylum seekers shunted from Australia to Papua New Guinea will join a society struggling with the fallout of poverty, corruption, failing systems and rapid social change. But within Port Moresby's coastal villages and sprawling settlements, there is also strength, resilience and celebration of family and culture.
More than 15,000 people live in the Papuan village of Hanuabada, Port Moresby. Many villages and settlements in Papua New Guinea lack reliable power, clean water or sewage systems, and services such as garbage collection.
Evening in Hanuabada, Port Moresby.
Children play in the water near a long-rusting, half-sunken boat in the waters off Paga Hill settlement, part of PNG’s capital city, Port Moresby.
Water delivery: a plastic barrel of drinking water is hoisted up for use in a village home. Some families have to go by boat to public wells to fetch fresh water for their everyday needs.
Vagi Eno, 21, was born with cerebral palsy. Before age 16, he’d never left his house in Hanuabada village; he’s spent all his days lying on the floor. In 2007 the local hospital provided him a free wheelchair, and the local United Church supports him with 20 kina per month (US$10).
Frank Kenny, 53, shows off dinner. Hanuabada residents village keep wallabies in their houses, growing them for later slaughter.
Watch that dive! The filthy water around Hanuabada village doesn’t stop children from playing water games between the houses.
Bath time! Two sisters bathe in a plastic barrel near their house in Hanuabada. The village houses have no running water, nor any access to public wells.
Cardboard boxes make toys for the children near a makeshift house at the Paga Hill Settlement. Many of the tents and makeshift houses in Paga Hill were built in May 2012, after police bulldozed most of the settlement to make way for a controversial multi-million dollar marina and hotel development.
Preparing for sleep: In Tete, another settlement in Port Moresby, more than 20 people sleep under the same roof of the makeshift houses. Residents here lost their homes in 2008 when police demolished their settlement, knocking down 476 houses and leaving more than 3,000 people homeless, following the death of prominent businessman Sir George Constantinou.
Photographer Vlad Sokhin has been visiting the settlements around the PNG capital of Port Moresby since 2012.