Gold 2022 / Editorial / Environmental

Veronica - Where Home Brew Kills

  • Prizes
    Gold in Editorial/Environmental
  • Photographer
    Brian Cassey

Five year old Veronica at her home on Mornington Island (Gununa) in the Gulf of Carpentaria in far northern Australia. Her remote indigenous community is suffering the ravages of a wide spread ‘Home Brew’ alcohol epidemic. Veronica is growing up in a community where her fellow community members … including children … are suffering the consequences of alcohol induced diabetes and untimely death. The community … ‘under prohibition’ for twenty years … has seen a rapid rise of dangerous home brewed alcohols … and children as young as ten years old have been imbibing and adversely effected.