The South Pacific country of Papua New Guinea has one of the highest rates of gender-based violence in the world. We meet an underground network of informal shelters, working to help victims in a small mountain town.

Reported as part of a fellowship for the John Alexander Project.

Things were going terribly wrong. Ato Boropi could feel it.

Dozens of villagers had squeezed next to each other on the floor of a one-room church perched on a mountain in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Several more huddled along the walls outside, as rain pummeled the corrugated metal roof.