My name is Fredalyne Sharloveii, I was born in 1977. When I was about 1 year 8 months old my family broke up and I was adopted by someone else. In 1984 I started school in Port Moresby where I was brought up. I returned to Bougainville shortly before the Crisis occurred and stayed with my biological parents.
I went to high school and was in Grade 9 when the Crisis occurred; as a result I stopped school and stayed home. I joined a couple of youth, women’s and church groups. Services began to return and I asked my father if I could return to school. He said that I could not saying ‘You are a lady and you cannot go!’ This was due to the fact it was very dangerous for women during the crisis. So I continued to stay home. But from joining the different youth and women’s groups, I was very interested in their work which is why I wanted to finish my education. While working in the church group I attended several trainings and courses conducted by the priesthood and sisters. That was in the 1990s.
In 2002, I got employed by my own brother when he was a station manager in Talia. I started by helping him out with the station until he died. Shortly afterwards, I met a man and had a baby girl with him. Two years later the relationship ended when he left me for another woman, leaving me to care for our daughter on my own. But this didn’t let me down as I had been through hardships before.
In 2009, I worked as a volunteer for PNG Red Cross Society Bougainville Branch. I then worked with the Buka Youths and was a Youth representative to the Buka Urban Council. Whilst working with them I was the Program Coordinator.
In 2012, Buka Urban Council employed as an Office Assistant as well as Bank Messenger where I remain today.