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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea. The Asmat. Sculpture as Sacred Art.

The Asmat people are a tribe in Papua new Guinea. They draw inspiration for their sculpture from their mythology which is the art for which they are best known. It is part of their nature and is a kind of sacred tradition. The Asmat of Papua New Guinea in Oceania claim to be descendants of…

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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

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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