People in Matilda's village are seeing the results of the blockade. They are no longer able to receive any kind aid from outside of their village. People who leave to work in other places can no longer send letters or packages to their families. Many people who weren't originally from Bougainville are leaving quickly because otherwise they would not be able to leave later. People are no longer able to leave or enter the country.
Boats of filled with people left the island before they were stuck.
This is a map of the island that has been blockaded.
Many families were split up because many people were forced to leave.
Mine Shut Down
Recently the mine down in Bougainville because of the civil war. It was the world's largest copper mine; therefore, the shut down has caused many problems. The mine accounted for much of the island's income. Because of the shut down, many people are leaving the island looking for other work.