Did I write that 4 years ago??
Moresby life: the brutal struggle
BY BRUCE COPELAND
a message of Positive Living. We emphasise the importance of
nutrition with daily fruit and vegetables. The staple diet in this
country is scones made from white flour.
cannot afford to eat properly.
Department of Foreign Affairs. A director receives K32, 000 a year,
a net K95 a day without tax taken out. Take school fees and children’s
lunches and that drops to K50.
Take out rent and there is no money for food. And this is the salary of
a senior officer. Rents in
to top ranking workers.
dig a garden. There is no way a director in Foreign Affairs could live
in a rental house and have his family eat adequately on one wage.
poverty line. A junior teacher will earn much less. This provides K17
a day, enough for a meal of rice and tinned fish once a day and no money
for school fees and lunches. It may buy a bag of flour twice a week.
provided the family lives in a squatter settlement. No money for
school fees and lunches. One meal a day. In off-pay week, the family
may not eat for some days. The family will do worse if the man spends
some money on beer.
become desperate when they find traditional land stolen by fake landowner
groups. Any chance of a decent future life fades. The desperation intensifies
if there are no jobs.
many people driving the latest land cruiser vehicles worth upwards of
K100, 000. How do they pay?
officers getting no money. Retired correction officers have pensions stopped.
They end their days with nothing after a lifetime of loyal service.
earning upwards of K500, 000 with house and car. And Papua New Guinean
AIDS workers are mainly volunteers. Social injustice sponsored by
reach?I may well steal to stop my children from crying. And I dig a garden
where I can.
ending up in gaol. The English lower classes ended up as convicts in
for the same crimes 300 years ago.
for selling their bodies? What of mothers having their roadside goods scattered
and stolen by police?
return to their vehicle eating the betel nut they have confiscated. Their families
may eat well tonight.
They roam the streets looking for people to bash while stealing their goods.
Onlookers scurry in the dirt to pick up scattered betel nut.
And all violence stopped. The gang leader apologised that I had to witness
such an event. Then he took his men around the corner to do the same again.
stopped. One day I will end up in the cells being bashed. But police take a
risk bashing a white man. Who knows how it would end up? It would be a
news headline to start with.
K15 home each day and I knew she was selling her body? I may well do
nothing. Thank you daughter. Wife, ask our daughter if she is using a condom.
and marijuana? He must be stealing the money. Thank you, son. Your sisters
and brothers will not be hungry tonight.
day for basic needs. What if I died tomorrow?
me, I am not hungry.
food - kaukau
well. Many families do not have K5.50 to go to the market.