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Honiara Burning
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As the enmities between the Sogavare and Suidani governments escalated, M4D’s leadership began to revamp its pitch to Malaitans and to the country. Its early successes had seen M4D become a household name. Born on Ontong Java, a tiny atoll, administratively part of Malaita Province but located 500 kilometres to Malaita Island’s north, Makili, based in Honiara, was a stalwart of Solomon Islands’ activist scene. While environmental campaigns had become Makili’s profession, he was also a zealous campaigner against corruption in Solomon Islands, which he had been agitating against since the Mamaloni era. In Canberra, the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, convened with national security advisors, who were monitoring the riots, to consider how to execute Sogavare’s request. Morrison was familiar with Australia’s security obligations and understood the political context.

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