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Papua New Guinea

Catholic Church, never ceases to amaze

The presence of the mainline Churches, i.e. Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and United, have been instrumental in setting up schools and health centres for many years. Today the government has taken control over the major health centres, building hospitals with the aid of International Funding Programmes in the major towns. But there are many mission schools…

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Fortnight Friday

There has always been a hidden economy in the remote, inaccessible areas which never feature in any account of Papua New Guinea. Only those who have lived in the interior of the country for any length of time will know how money crosses hands and how people can be extremely enterprising, without paying overheads or…

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Long-term economic vision

The mineral deposits of gold, oil and copper, and the production of palm oil has grown over the past few years, and become a major agricultural export. Luckily, landowners, especially on the coastal areas, have invested in this new industry, whereas, in the Highland provinces with restrictions on obtaining land for development due to customary…

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Papua New Guinea – The Land of the Unexpected

Much is known about the white beaches and pristine blue waters of the South Pacific, not to mention the idyllic atolls and lagoons with teaming coral reefs and exotic plant-life, but within those same waters, the second largest island in the world, Papua New Guinea, still remains an enigma and a land that has not…

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Papua New Guinea – The Tapini valley

In the valleys of Papua New Guinea’s highlands, people live in isolated villages. Every day they take a long trip and walk down steep mountains, along wild rivers, and through dense forests to reach destinations such as the Tapini village, with a school and a hospital, both managed by the Catholic Church. Modern civilization brings…

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Advocacy

Women’s Resistance to Mining.

Throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America, there is no dearth of stories where communities have been forced to leave their lands to make way for…

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Baobab

The man with seven dogs

Once upon a time, there lived a man called John who was a hunter as well as a magician. John had seven dogs and seven large…

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Youth & Mission

The Future of the Natural World.

We humans, the species on this planet with the large brains, so-called intelligence and abilities and power to change the face of our planet, are doing…

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