Friday, April 11, 2014

Children are Happiness

Kalom with wide smile and friends and not a worry in
in the world. 
This time last Friday was yet another fun filled happiest day for me….just seeing the beams in their little faces…I thought what more is the world seeking if these children happiness.

Money and world riches bring lots of baggage often unwelcomed by humans and the environment.

To just be with the children is happiness that money couldn’t buy. Thank you little children of Ambarina Primary School in Madang and thank you all the children who light up your parents, grand parents and all those in your lives.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Does the church care any more on West Papua?

Every Sunday we dress up and we go to that church down the road. We clap and sing praises to God and listen attentively to the preacher’s words.

Oh alleluia, outside the church building a woman in rags drags her children to a place somewhere but we do not want to be bothered. She is just a poor woman and right now… we are busy with God.

In our jam-packed church pews a man is sitting and praying quietly that God will hear him and feed that woman outside but most importantly help to end the massacres across the border in Indonesia. Tears rolling down his face, his fist clenched, his head bowed, he was with a different God than those around him. Is the person on his left or right listening and sharing this prayer too? Did the preacher hear his prayer as well? Oh he was in a crowd but alone in his prayers… and the way the church is looking this morning and every other Sunday morning… alone in his struggles too. A freedom he prays for that he knows he may not see but for the future of his people – the Papuans caught under a rule that refuses to see rainbow.

I remember six years ago sitting with a group of women in East Awin, Western Province. We shared stories and we laughed then suddenly silence and tears in their eyes…. as they remembered those they lost. A woman wailing fell to the dust in front of us and turned and rolled herself in it… Another woman whispered in my ears, “Her son was fed to the crocodiles and she was made to stand and watch.”

On Sunday the priest comes for service and she is there singing and praying along with other church members. Like the man in that church in Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby God is their strength and comfort.

The Papuans under Indonesian rule have been subject to atrocities and killings in masses but continue to this day begging for their freedom to be who they are and to live life to the fullest as God promised.

The Christian story of Egypt gives a lot of hope for those who beg freedom.  International governments and agencies have continuously and some deliberately ignored the West Papuans. Christian churches welcome West Papuan worshippers but will not stand up for them. The Christian history is marred with blood, poverty, war and killings but out of it a ray of hope… one bishop walks out and joins the people. Bishops and priests and clergymen have led movements for a better world. 

Today we have yet to see a bishop, or a church elder stand up for his people. The Catholic Bishops of PNG and Solomon Islands have taken a mute role on many issues that called for the church’s voice. The Lutherans will stand for environmental issues but will not stand for their brothers and sisters across the border. The Pentecostal churches have yet to show they care for humanity.

What hope then is there for humanity if this group of people, the Melanesians of Papua, is forcefully wiped off God’s creation list?

Those who lead God’s people are letting God down with their silence. Is there a Moses among the bishops and preachers today?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Has Nautilus Minerals got the money?

Nautilus Minerals has terminated its contract with Papua New Guinea and threatens to sue for damages.

Question is, did Nautilus Minerals really think the PNG government would fall to its knees to beg it to stay? Does Nautilus really have the money to go through with this project?

Remember the petition of 24,000 signatures and how the shareholders pulled out the day after?

It is not difficult to see how Nautilus Minerals is struggling to raise the money for this experimental project on Solwara 1. It is not difficult now to see also how this Canadian company wants to suck the money from cash poor mineral rich Papua New Guinea.

You think they made a grand announcement of departure but shamelessly continues to run ‘Nautilus Cares’ advertisements in the newspapers.

The thing is this little Canadian company wants to make big here in Papua New Guinea, to take the cash, then grab the gold and leave the people of this country with the ruins.

What an insult to Papua New Guinea and its rich pristine environment and people when Nautilus Minerals says ‘it cares’!

Peter O’Neill is not deaf, he hears you Nautilus Minerals and the people of Papua New Guinea are not sleeping any more.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Welcome back everyone. Little Green Palai took some time off reflecting on life and how the world has become what it is today. There are many hopes and equally more challenges.

In Papua New Guinea as the school year is in its third week, many students have still to be seated in a classroom. A welcome gift of 'free education' last year sent parents smiling but education authorities and teachers must work around the clock to meet the demand.

At the Good Shepherd High School in Madang students turned up to find no classrooms and no desks. Practical skills teachers stood down from their administrative and teaching preparation duties and took to abandoned buildings with hammers, nails and saws. In a week six classrooms were ready but by health standards students and teachers must not make do with this sub standards.

In Madang town a classroom block is going up at the Tusbab secondary school again to accommodate the sudden increase in grade 9 intakes.

Some other primary schools are also now preparing for grade 9 top up at their schools and then it dawned on them. What about teachers? Are there enough teachers?

Last year students had to buy their own desks. And now that most students are admitted in classrooms the challenge for the teacher begins - the text books. Who will buy the text books? Should we ask the students?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

PIH - The hospital of death

The Pacific international Hospital’s “No Cash, No Treatment” policy has  resulted in yet another death – this time of a 10 year old boy.
Kua Dom,  was rushed to the private hospital  by his mother on the 3rd of January  following severe stomach pains but staff at the hospital refused to treat  the boy  because the money  his mother had on hand at the time of the  emergency was insufficient.
         Kua’s  father, Steven Dom, a senior army officer   who was away on duty travel in Wewak gave   assurances that he would pay the hospital bills  later that day  but even that  arrangement was not satisfactory.    
Albert Tagua,  a close family friend said on Facebook:  The father desperately tried to remit some money into his wife’s  account but  due to the long weekend and long cue at the banks, the transaction went through after lunch.”
Pacific International Hospital, Port Moresby
         By then young Kua’s condition had worsened.  He was coughing blood but still wasn’t enough to convince PIH staff that the boy desperately needed help. Kua was then  rushed to Port Moresby General  Hospital and died in the afternoon.
         Just three days earlier, on new year’s eve,  Philomena Eileen Ore,  nearly lost her three week-old baby at the PIH when she too was refused treatment.  It wasn’t because she didn’t have the money.  She simply  couldn’t pay  her daughter’s bill upfront using the hospital’s EFTPOS due to a systems failure.  
         “I had no cash and I was going to use the card but the system was down,” she said. 
         “Even though I gave them assurances that my family would go to the ATM and return with the cash while my baby was  attended to, the [the staff] couldn’t be bothered.”
         There are numerous cases that have come to the fore in the last three years.  In 2010, the  PNG exposed blog saw more than 50 responses  to article by  a Dr. Joshita Amai,  which highlighted cases where patients had not been treated fairly. 
One of the commentators posted on the blog saying:  I saw a patient die there one afternoon… they wouldn’t resuscitate the patient because he needed to pay  a K500.00 kina deposit first. The relatives… brought back the money to no avail. The poor man passed away while they went to get money...”
In a scathing but rather obvious revelation,  Dr. Amai said  the policy of the hospital is to make   as much profits as possible and that they operate  as  a 24 hour hospital
“Twenty-four-hour service demands a significant number  of medical doctors and nurses.” 
Those who work at the hospital have also revealed that PIH  doctors are sometimes asked not to announce the deaths of intensive care unit (ICU) patients for a few days so the hospital can make  significant profits  of K6000 a night from keeping that dead body.
Dr. Amai went further to say that because PIH is a hospital with bad reputation, not many doctors want to work there. She  also revealed that the management  recruits  foreign  doctors who are under-qualified or unable to practice in their countries of origin for one reason  or another.