An Educated population should promote Peace, Unity, Justice and Equality.  

When we consider life in all its aspects, we see that invariably, there is need for an educator. If a man is left alone in the wilderness, he will take on the ways of the animal. If he is educated, he can reach the greatest heights of accomplishment. Were it educators, there would be no civilization.

Education is three kinds: material, human and spiritual. Material education is concerned with the development of the body. Human education is about civilization and progress. It deals with government, administration, charitable work, trades, arts and handicrafts, science, great inventions and discoveries. Spiritual education consists in acquiring divine perfections. This is true education, for by its aid the spiritual, the higher nature of the human being is developed.

In order to progress, humanity needs an educator who has a clear authority as a material human and spiritual educator. If someone should say, “I possess perfect intelligence, and I have no need for such an educator,” he would be denying that which is clear and evident. It would be like a child saying, “I have no need for education; I will act according to my reason and intelligence, and will reach perfections by myself.”

Humanity has always been in need of such a perfect educator, one who can help it organize matters related to the nourishment and health of the body, inspire it to advance in knowledge, invention and discovery and most importantly breathe into it the real life of the spirit. No ordinary human being can achieve these formidable tasks. Only those who are chosen souls have the power to accomplish them from time to time to build the Universal Education.

Education

The promotion of education is a most urgent requirement of our time. No nation can achieve prosperity unless it makes education one of its central concerns. The primary reason for the decline of people is ignorance. Education brings honor, prosperity, independence and freedom to a government and its people.

Education must begin at infancy. It is the duty of the father and mother to strive with every means to educate their children, refine their characters according to spiritual and moral laws and train them in the arts and sciences. Mothers are the first educator of humankind; they watch over the child in the cradle and nurse him at the breast of knowledge. Every child must be educated; this is not a matter that can be neglected. If the parents are able to take care of the expense, they must do so. Otherwise the community must provide the means for the education of the child.

Education should develop in every human being the desire to achieve excellence. Men and women should become enamored of human perfection and pursue it with passion. He should aspire to distinction, to become known for the virtues of the human world – for sincerity, loyalty, service to human, love and justice. He or she must seek to be distinguished by efforts to promote peace and unity and foster learning. To guide people on such a path is the real task of education.

Peace

Today there is no greater challenge to humanity than the establishment of peace. Peace is light; war is darkness. Peace is life, war is death. More than a century ago our communities have been divided apart. It is therefore now important to bring teachings to make the establishment of peace possible.

Among these teachings is the independent investigation of reality. If people are allowed to investigate life’s reality, they will come to see the oneness of humanity. Truth is one and by its means the unity of the world can be realized. Prejudices of all kinds – race, class, color, creed, nation, sex and degree of material civilization; are causes of strife. If we accept to investigate reality rather than blindly imitate the beliefs of the past, we will arise to abolish every form of prejudice.

We should start making clear distinction between true religion and superstition. True religion must be in harmony with science and reason. Religion must be the cause of fellowship and love. If it becomes the cause of discord and hatred, then it is better to be without it. Also, the equality of men and women, we may think of the world of humanity as a bird – one wing is women and the other men; both wings have to be developed for the bird to fly. In addition to the importance of universal education, the benefit of adapting a universal language and the necessity of seeking spiritual solutions to economic problems. 

Unity

A garden in which all the plants are of the same shape and color lacks in beauty; it is dull and monotonous. The garden that is pleasing to the eye is one in which flowers of every color and fragrance grows side by side. It is the joyous contrast of colour that gives the garden its beauty and charm. Though different, each flower is refreshed by the same rain and receives the warmth of the sun. This is also true humanity. It is made up of many races and colours. But all comes from the same God, and all have the same origin. The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music; different notes blend together to make a perfect chord.

Unity is necessary to existence. Love is the very cause of life. In the material world, all things owe their existence to unity. Their elements are held together by the law of attraction. The law of attraction brings together certain elements in the form of a beautiful flower. But when the attraction is taken away, the flower will decompose and cease to exist. So it is with Unity of Humanity. Attraction, harmony and unity are that hold humanity together.

When we meet people of different races, nationalities, religions and opinions, we should not allow these differences to become barriers between us. We should think of them as different coloured roses growing in the beautiful garden of humanity, and be glad to be among them.

Justice

Difference of capacity in individuals is fundamental to human existence. It is not possible for all to be alike, for all to be equal. Yet, human affairs in their entirety should be governed by the principle of justice.

Justice is not limited; it is a universal quality. It must operate at all levels of society. Justice must be sacred and the rights of all people must be guarded. The laws of society must be formulated and enforced in such a way that it is not possible for a few to amass wealth and for others to destitute. These include elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty.  

Each member of society should enjoy the benefits of civilization because every individual is a member of the body of humanity. If one member of this body is in anguish or distress, all the other members must necessarily suffer. How can one member be afflicted and the others be at ease? Yet today because of the lack of harmonious relations, some members of society are satisfied living in the utmost comfort and luxury, while others are in want of food and shelter. Today’s society lacks the necessary reciprocity and symmetry; it is not well arranged. Laws and principles are needed that will ensure the wellbeing and happiness of all the members of the human family.

Justice is established on the pillars of reward and punishment. People are motivated to be just by the hope for reward and the fear of punishment. These two sentiments are necessary if oppression is to prevented. The legislators and administrators of the laws must be aware of the spiritual consequences of their decisions. When a person knows that he will be held responsible for his actions beyond this earthly life, he will be inspired to act with justice.  

Equality

The physical sun through its light and heat reveals the reality of all things on earth. Without its rays, these realities would be shrouded in in darkness. Likewise, the sun shining in full splendor over an individual’s sky has manifest realities that were not apparent in the past. One such reality is the equality of men and women. Through the rays of the sun of truth, the capacities of women have been so illumined that the equality of men and women is now an established fact. In the sight of God there is no distinction between men and women. The condition of equality that has existed throughout the ages is not the result of the superiority of men; it is simply that women have not been given the same opportunities to develop all their potentialities. In spite of the prejudice against them, however history records the lives of numerous women who have achieved the greatest of accomplishments. These women fully aware of the realities of the equality of men and women and dedicated her energies to proclaiming this truth with their knowledge and eloquence baffled the most learned men during their time.

To believe in that which God has not intended is ignorance and superstition. Today, women should be allowed every opportunity to become educated and to assume a position of equality with men in all fields of human endeavor. Until the equality of men and women becomes a reality in this world, as it is the real progress of humankind is not possible.

Conclusion

Every living thing in this world passes through different stages. Each stage has its own conditions present its own requirements. In the life of the human being, the conditions and requirements of infancy, of childhood, of adolescence, of youth and maturity are not the same. Each stage prepares us for the next, sharpening our faculties and training our intelligence.

Similarly there are periods and stages in life of humanity as a whole. Humanity is now leaving behind its childhood and entering the long-awaited period of maturity. That which could meet the needs of its early history does not satisfy the demands of this day. The playthings of infancy and childhood no longer satisfy the adult mind.

Every standpoint the world of humanity is undergoing revolutionary change, whether in government or law, in science or industry. Old standards of ethics, moral codes and methods of living in the past are not adequate for the present age of advancement and progress.

This is the time of maturity and reformation in life. Bigotry and dogmatic imitations of ancient beliefs have become the source animosity. They must pass and give way heavenly teachings which have been revealed for the advancement of humanity in this age. This reformation and renewal of the fundamental reality of change constitute the true spirit of modernism, the unmistakable light of the world, and the divine remedy for all the ills of humanity.

We must be lovers of light no matter what lamp it appears. We must be lovers of the rose no matter in what garden it blooms. We must be seekers of truth no matter what source it comes. Attachment to one lamp can prevent us from appreciating the light when it shines in another. Attachment to outer forms and practice of religion can deprive of understanding the truth of all religious. We must abandon prejudice and outmoded traditions if we are to succeed in finding the truth. There is difference between dogma, superstition and prejudice on the one hand, and the truth on the other. If we understand this, we will be able to see the truth shone in all the mankind.

In seeking the truth, we must free ourselves off all our opinions and preconceived ideas. We must give up our prejudices and trivial notions. An open receptive mind is needed. If our cup is full of self, there is no room in it for the water of life. The fact that we think we are right and everyone else is wrong is the greatest obstacle in the path to unity. And unity is necessary if we are to reach the truth, for truth is unity and unity is one.

Photo credit: Nancy Paul 

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Lifestyle in Rural Communities and Challenges Encountered. 

Papua New Guinea have adapted Vision 2050 as its vision. Given the called by our national leaders, we as a nation and its citizens embrace this vision as our own – within our self (personally), within our family, communities and societies. Thus we believe in Papua New Guinea as a nation that will be ‘Smart, Wise, Healthy and Happy Society.’


But the reality indicators are giving us red warnings everyday. Even within our rural communities. The Infrastructure challenges, poor access road, washout footbridges, run down aid post with no staff, teachers not full time teaching in the classroom, poor access to clean water. Law and order issues becoming night mares as smoking of drugs (marijuana) and home made alcohol or wine are now becoming like a norm.

Another thing that is affecting our society is insecurity. This is where we saw school students having little or nothing to do after school thus hanging around smoking, listening to music on Bluetooth speakers or glued to their smart phones. Less employment opportunities offered for our school leavers and graduates resulting in unemployment.

In addition, there are breakdown of institution of social life. These are very important things that cannot easily change especially in the past. Things like having a job for life, marriage for life and a place for life which gives individuals and families a sense of permanency. Jobs are becoming part time, short term or contractual. Marriage which was religiously and socially accepted and recognized as the matrix of community for any society are now being eroded by serial relationships, same sex unions, cohabitation and divorce. Also, the concept of belonging to a village, community or a neighborhood somewhere we call home is slowly disappearing. People travel and move often in search of work, employment and or better health care and education opportunities.

Change has become systematic and consequently we begin to feel that we no longer have control over our lives. Such situation give rise to the degree of indifference to the disadvantages plight among us. We are in a youthful nation that has almost 54% of the country’s population under age of 25 thus we have a very energetic, risk takers and yet fragile opportunities lying ahead.

As Malum Nalu said, there are tools for development readily available such as the communication towers and internet. We should encourage our young people to participate in the journey of constructive and collaborative society. There should be some level of equal playing field were our citizen can have an opportunity to participate in the economic growth and development of Papua New Guinea.

“We are a nation with a 50,000 years history. Rich cultures and divers traditions and languages. Our Ancestors were custodians to the knowledge that are now explain to the Western Science.  Our history didn’t started 40 years ago or 200 years ago when missionaries  arrived.” Scott Waide.



Revolutionary, yet extraordinary about rediscovering our self as young men and women that our nation needed most this time, we must reclaim the belief that the source of action and responsibility lies within ourselves. Our Papua New Guinea Ways compel us, to seek a new way of engaging with our people’s struggle for meaning and purpose because we are not the product of forces beyond our control. 

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Civil Society Organization Welcomes EITI into Morobe Province.

A Civil Society Organization which was established in 2009 to deal with Environmental and Mining Impact as well as Community Development has welcome the Papua New Guinea Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (PNG EITI) into Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea. 

The Union of Watut River Communities Association Incorporated (UoWRCA Inc) has been raising concerns of Mining Waste from the Hidden Valley Mining pollution into the Watut River which affected Communities and the Environment downstream. 

Mr. Reuben Mete who is the President of the UoWRCA Inc says PNG EITI initiatives to bring Community Awareness down to their rural communities on the work the EITI Secret rate is unique in itself and should be encourage as it gives rural communities who do not have access to such information.
Mr. Mete also thank the PNG EITI partners especially the Papua New Guinea Resource Governance Coalition Inc, the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC), the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA), and the World Bank Group for hosting such Conferences in Lae and facilitating Dialogues from all Stake Holders especially Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) as well as Government in Provincial, Districts and Local Level to come together to learn and exchange knowledge about the benefits of EITI. The Workshop was part of the PNG EITI Subnational Capacity Building and its the first to be held in Lae of Morobe Province.

Participants who has comes from as far as Middle Watut, Mumeng, Labu and Boana as well as government representatives from Bulolo and Huon Gulf District. Representative from the Morobe Provincial Administration as well as its Mining Division all meet to know what is EITI and why does Papua New Guinea need it. Also, the EITI National Secretariat representative highlights the participatory governance and the role of Civil Society in the EITI set up. An Overview of the Mining Industry in Papua New Guinea as well as the ‘Benefit Stream’ from Mining in Morobe Province and Papua New Guinea were presented by the MRA.

The EITI Secretariats Mr. Chris Tabel also highlighted the important of how Subnational payments in the Mining Provinces such ad Morobe Province should be reported as well as opening up discussions with the participants to make contributions on how this can be best done which are captured in the outcome.

“Over the last few years there has been growing concerned about transparency and accountability for revenues generated by mineral industries, gas and oil is vital to improving their use in reducing poverty and generating economic growth. The awareness of the PNG EITI into Morobe Province reflected these shared agenda.” Mr. Reuben Mete says.

The Civil Society Organization in Papua New Guinea like the UoWRCA Inc is keen to see an improved financial transparency in the extractive industries and ensuring this translates into improved accountability and use of revenues.

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Responsible sustainable development.

PNG NEW VOICES CONFERENCE
Port Moresby, 29th May 2014
National Research Institute Conference Room

Plenary Session: Responsible sustainable development.
Speaking Topic: Social/Community Entrepreneurship and Innovation

A Talk by Reuben Mete

The panel on responsible sustainable development at the 2014 PNG New Voices Conference.

The panel on responsible sustainable development at the 2014 PNG New Voices Conference.

PNG Consulate-General HE Sumasy Singing;
Retired General Jerry Singirok;
Organizers of the event – Lowy Institute and National Research Institute;
Dignitaries;
Moderator Mr. Paul Barker, Executive Director of Institute of National Affairs in Papua New Guinea; and
My fellow Leaders of Papua New Guinea.

I am thankful for the opportunity to speak at this conference today. This morning I do not wish to be dramatic, but would like to gently draw our attention to an issue that I believe really matters most to our heart–innovation in sustainable communities on a more rural perspective.

Responsible sustainable development is a developing country’s phenomenon and can take us a whole year discussing it. I do not wish to raise my voice in the issue of sustainable developments now and again, all I want is to create PNG, a nation where ‘responsible’ and ‘sustainability’ doesn’t need people to talk about. The whole reason why we have to discuss this now is I believe human beings are now putting dollars and cents before common sense. Mining industry have been working on sustainable development policies but still have a lot to improve on. The onus, however should not be on investors but on Papua New Guinea to develop own policies and regulations to guide sustainable development.

It is not my intention to justify the level of expectations our rural communities have on sustainable development as many have lag behind basic developments.

Ladies and gentlemen, in the village where I came from we usually walk eight hours even to date to access basic services such as health, education and manufactured goods.

Background

We recently saw the launching of the first shipment of liquefied natural gas of the PNG LNG project. The Elk/Antelope Gulf LNG and Stanley Gas projects are also coming up. We got Solwara 1 deep sea mining project being the latest to join the mining industry. All of these new projects as well as the existing ones are anticipated to propel our economy.

PNG has a population estimated to be a little over 7 million. Despite significant resource wealth from minerals, oil and gas, forestry and fishing, the vast majority of our population still lives a precarious subsistence farming existence with little or no access to the provisions of a modern state such as education, healthcare, sanitation or infrastructure such as roads.

The feeling is that if they are giving the miner the gold from their land, they are expected gold in return – gold in the form of hospitals, schools, compensation for their customary land.

In his speech to the 30th Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum and Trade Expo, Cairns Australia, Sam Koim, Chairman of the Task Force Sweep says and I quote – “I have however noted that globalization has not only marked a new phase in the development of capitalism in our country, it has accelerated the pace of social change. It has infested the desire of individuals and groups to amass wealth. What globalization has not done, among the developing nations such as ours, is the attitude – the desire for capacity building, entrepreneurship, enterprise, productivity, critical knowledge-leadership qualities, hard work, competitiveness, introspection with regard to developing indigenous knowledge and technology. It has robbed the developing nations the traditional culture of independence in productivity, communal efforts at development, crafts and guild production, disorganized the traditional agricultural and production systems that hitherto ensured food on the table of every Papua New Guinean and has rather diverted attention of the people to importation of finished goods, service industry and established the culture of consumerism, dependence and luxury.”

Social Enterprise

Watut River Development Limited (WRD) is a not for profit 100% locally owned social enterprise aiming to add value to the lives of every Papua New Guinean by providing high quality water supply and sanitation at an affordable cost. Given the reality that 4.2 million people in Papua New Guinea do not have access to clean water supply system; WRD has identified the only 30% of the entire 7 million population has access to clean water system and sanitation.

Building infrastructure is a major issue for the Papua New Guinea Government as it takes responsibility for the cost of building and maintaining infrastructure in difficult terrain which is high. The government and the Papua New Guineans believe that if entire infrastructure plans were implemented it would be unaffordable. Although foreign investments and donor funding was highly sort after, there was some capacity within Papua New Guinea to provide affordable Water Supply and Sanitation and this is where WRD comes in to play.

We believe that rural and remote communities needed to see more of the benefits of national economic growth, and resource sector-driven growth and we believe we can achieve this by providing quality Water Supply and Sanitation to every Papua New Guinean in a little way we can. Big problem have big solutions too. If I don’t give back to my communities, I wonder who will be able to give back to his or her communities. We need you, you can join us and that is why I come here for.

We are now working on to upscale our programs to service the entire Papua New Guinea population through our Lutheran Youth Network. Which has well over 500,000 youth membership untapped and that is the big advantages we now have to enhance our program going rural. We do not believe in getting donor funding assistance but we believe in providing opportunities and powering local Changemaker to bring change back to their communities. Local problems have local solutions and thus needs people within to drive that change that they themselves wanted to see.

Information Communication Technology (ICT)

My participation in this information pool through ICT has had a lot of benefits to me as a person and also to others through the organization. I believe with ICT, we cannot find remoteness/ rural and isolation as Technology help us build a better World.

The media landscape is now changing rapidly with the arrival of social media. It also presented an opportunity for everyone to get their message to public sphere. I have to thank Digicel for its monopoly service in this rural communities include mine where we usually walk to hours uphill to access its crystal clear coverage’s and have access to ICT.

Conclusion

As I come to a close of my talk, I hope you’d appreciate some contributions our new generations have been doing. In so doing, I have drawn only the social or community entrepreneurship and innovations from my past experiences to share some lights to your thought that Papua New Guineans have potentials to help reaching the unreached and touching the untouched. We should now give the people access to learn for living, than they can make change in their communities themselves. I am glad to say here that the process to do so has already begun.

Thank you for listening.

God Bless you all.

 

Biography

Reuben Mete is the Director of the Youth Desk of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea. He is also the President and CEO of the Union of Watut River Communities Association Inc and Managing Director of Watut River Development Limited, a social enterprise that works in partnership with Morobe Mining Joint Venture to provide clean water and sanitation supplies to rural communities.

Reuben was previously a Spark* Changemaker and President of the PNG University of Technology Morobe Students and Staff Association. Reuben strongly believes that Papua New Guinea needs to invest developing sustainable rural communities where every individual has access to basic health and education services and a reasonable income.

All views expressed on this paper are the opinions of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion or position of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea.

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Final Resolutions of PCC 10th General Assembly, Honiara, March 2013

By PCC            

HONIARA, Solomon Islands

Tahiti self-determination

The Pacific Conference of Churches General Assembly has called on France, the United Nations, Pacific island countries and the international community to support self-determination in Maohi Nui (Tahiti).

At its 10th General Assembly in Honiara, the Solomon Islands, delegates said decolonization was one of the PCC’s long-standing themes.

A request from the Etaretia Porotetani Maohi (Maohi Protestant Church) to the assembly called for support for the re-inscription of Tahiti onto the UN’s decolonization list.

The church said the Maohi people must be allowed to decide for themselves on the sovereignty of their nation.

Delegates recognized God’s gift of freedom to be self-determining.

They also recognized the human rights of all people, in particular the right to self-determination of all people and in particular the right to self-determination of all oppressed colonized indigenous people in the world in accordance with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

They called on member churches and the World Council of Churches to support, through advocacy, efforts for the re-inscription of Maohi Nui on the list of countries to be decolonized.

West Papua independence

A programme implemented by Pacific churches will address human rights abuse and independence in West Papua.

The Pacific Conference of Churches 10th General Assembly in Honiara, the Solomon Islands resolved to document effective advocacy on justice and respect for human rights in collaboration with ecumenical partners, civil society and governments.

It will incorporate the human rights situation in West Papua as a strong focal point of PCC’s programmatic work on self-determination for non-self-governing territories and communities and peoples who yearn to be free.

Freedom Sunday

Pacific churches will designate an annual Freedom Sunday to pray for island countries and people who are not free.

At its 10th General Assembly in Honiara, the Solomon Islands, delegates agreed to encourage the French authorities to fulfil their obligations and provide all necessary means for the economic, social and cultural, environmental development of the Maohi people.

The PCC delegates agreed to facilitate awareness building in churches, with their partners and networks about the injustices suffered by the victims of nuclear testing in the region.

They agreed to design and implement advocacy activities at multiple levels targeting such injustices and using the thematic areas of praying, speaking out and acting together.

And they agreed the PCC Secretariat would facilitate regional dialogue among its members to raise awareness on nuclear testing.

Nuclear testing

Pacific churches will fight for the compensation of people affected by nuclear testing.

At its 10th General Assembly in Honiara, the Solomon Islands, delegates agreed to advocate with the Maohi people a zero-tolerance stance on nuclear weapons and testing.

The assembly resolved to build awareness beginning in churches, with partners and networks about the injustices suffered by victims of nuclear testing in the region.

Members will design and implement advocacy at multiple levels targeting such injustices and using the thematic areas of praying, speaking out and acting together.

And a regional dialogue tour among PCC members to raise awareness on the issues of nuclear testing,

Seabed mining

The Pacific Conference of Churches has called for an immediate stop to experimental seabed mining. At its 10th General Assembly in Honiara, the Solomon Islands, delegates said seabed mining was a matter of growing concern in the region.

Over the next five years the PCC will conduct regional advocacy work to create a greater understanding of the long and short term effects of seabed mining.

It will also act on behalf of member countries to advocate at the relevant global levels including the International Seabed authority.

The general assembly resolution came after concerns were raised by several island churches.

Solidarity on mining

Churches throughout the region will develop specific positions on mining, tourism, fisheries and forestry in a resolution passed in Honiara.

Member churches agreed to call on their governments to stand in solidarity with the people of the region who were struggling with the challenges and negative impacts of mining in their communities.

At its 10th Pacific Conference of Churches General Assembly in Honiara, the Solomon Islands, delegates agreed there was a need to facilitate the concerns of members by engaging on the issue with agencies such as the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the Melanesian spearhead Group.

End HIV-AIDS stigmatisation

Pacific churches have called for an end to the stigmatization of people suffering from HIV and AIDS.

Delegates at the Pacific Conference of Churches 10th General Assembly in Honiara, the Solomon Islands, called for the inclusion of people with HIV and AIDS.

They also called for the voices and concerns of those with HIV and AIDS to be heard.

To this end the PCC will develop and facilitate a programme on compassion and reconciliation and to include people living with HIV and AIDS in the design and implementation of the programme.

It will work alongside member churches to help dispel stigmas and negative attitudes associated with HIV and AIDS.

Climate change and resettlement

Research into climate-induced resettlement will be a key area of work for the Pacific Conference of Churches over the next five years.

Leaders at the 10th general Assembly in Honiara, the Solomon Islands supported the continuation of climate-induced resettlement research focussing on human rights.

As part of this programme of action there will be an advocacy plan as outlined in the Moana Declaration of 2009.

This plan will look at options for displaced people, explore methods of relocation and ensure the protection of the rights of the displaced people.

Teachers for Chuuk

The Pacific Conference of Churches will provide teachers for schools in Chuuk to help with a shortage in the Micronesian territory.

Member churches will provide the teachers who will also work on youth evangelism and ecumenism. At its 10th Pacific Conference of Churches General Assembly in Honiara, the Solomon Islands, delegates heard of the need for teachers in Chuuk.

A number of countries, including Tonga, have agreed to provide staff members for the project.

The PCC secretariat will also establish a pool of resource people from among its member to assist with the capacity and emergency needs of regional churches.

Arms trade and nuclear weapons

Pacific churches will keep track of arms trading and nuclear proliferation in the region after a resolution passed in Honiara.

Church leaders agreed to monitor the arms trade and initiate awareness raising campaigns on the issue where necessary.

The PCC Secretariat will also increase networking and consultation initiatives with human rights groups in an effort to address the unresolved nuclear legacy in the Pacific.

The resolution came after concerns that gun ownership in the Pacific was 50 per cent higher than the global average and that firearms laws were inconsistent.Image

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Papua New Guinea Christians urge to practice Faith on sorcery.

ImagePapua New Guinea Churches have been achieving serious soul searching treat on sorcery issues in this 21st century. Should Papua New Guinea Government have strong laws for killing related to sorcery?  What do us Christians in PNG and South Pacific say about this?

Shocked by the reported brutal torturing and burning alive of a young woman on sorcery accusations on February six this year 2013, churches and their members are now urging Papua New Guinea Government to come up with a strong legislation to deal with growing sorcery-related killings.

According to reports, a 20 year old mother of one was burned alive in front of hundreds of people in Papua New Guinea on the accusation of using sorcery to kill a boy aged six years. That barbaric act was highly unacceptable in the 21st century world. Papua New Guinea churches must take this issue seriously and besides tougher legislation, also launched an educational campaign in the country with assistance from Papua New Guinea religious leaders and Christians across Papua New Guinea to act.

It is indeed a very wrong action to deal spiritual problem physically. The power of Jesus Christ respects no man, no demon, not even satan and his cohorts. It’s too bad many have not experienced that power. I pray for those who continue to live in fear of things Jesus has disposed them under our feet. We all practicing God loving Christians must take responsibility on how we live our faith and how we share our faith.

Our God is powerful; we can confront sorcerers head on with no respect. The answer is not on government and church leaders alone. We practice Christians have the answer to demonstrate that power of God in our lives. There must be power encounters by practice Christians so that they should know that He that is in them is more powerful than he that is in the world.

 

We hear words such as Barbaric; uncivilized untamed animals; public justice – a law unto themselves; horrific; cruel, etc, etc. It brings down the name of a good and proud country, a country were love has been faded in the hearts of men!

Case Study 1: au.news.yahoo.com

SYDNEY (AFP): PNG women tortured, burned alive in ‘sorcery’ case

February 8,2013

 

A young mother accused of sorcery was stripped naked, doused with petrol and burned alive in front of a crowd including school children in Papua New Guinea, reports said on Thursday.

The women, named by The National newspaper as Kepari Leiata, 20, was reportedly tortured with a branding iron and tired up, splashed with fuel and set alight on a pile of rubbish topped with car tyres.

According to the rival Post-Courier newspaper she was torched by villagers who claimed she killed a six-year old boy through sorcery, with police outnumbered by onlookers and unable to intervene.

A fire truck that responded to the incident, which took place on Wednesday morning in Mount Hagen city in the Western Highlands, was also chased away.

 According to the reports, which were accompanied by graphic front-page images of the women’s burning corpse, she admitted to killing the boy, who died after being hospitalized with stomach and chest pains on Tuesday.

Police said they were treating the torching as murder and preparing charges against those responsible.

There is widespread belief in sorcery in the poverty-stricken Pacific nation where many people do not accept natural cause as an explanation for misfortune, illness, accidents or death.

In 1971, the country introduced a Sorcery Act to criminalize the practice. But PNG’s law reform commission recently proposed to repeal it after a rise in attack on peoples thought to practice black magic.

Local bishop David Piso said many innocent people had been killed. “Sorcery and sorcery related killing are growing and the government needs to come up with a law to stop such practice,” Piso told the National.

The US embassy in the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby issued a statement strongly condemning the “brutal murder” of Leniata, who had an eight-month –old daughter, as evidence of “pervasive gender-based violence”.

“We add our voice to those of Papua New Guinea religious and civil society leaders who have spoken out against the brutality inflicted upon Ms. Leniata,” the embassy said.

“There is no possible justification for this sort of violence. We hope that appropriate resources are devoted to identifying, prosecuting and punishing those responsible for Ms Leniata’s murder.”

Police arrested dozens of people last year linked to an alleged cannibal cult accused of killing at least seven people, eating their brains raw and making soup from their penises.

There have been several other causes of witchcraft and cannibalism in PNG in recent years with a man reportedly found eating his screaming, newborn son during a sorcery initiation ceremony in 2011.

In 2009, a young women was stripped naked, gagged and burnt alive at stake, also in Mount Hagen, in what was said to be a sorcery-related crime.

Case Study 2: The National Newspaper

 

Sorcery killings widespread

The burning alive of the young mother for alleged sorcery in Mt Hagen is not an isolated incident in the country. Nor is it the first.

There have been similar incidents in other areas of the country which have remained unreported. Tolsep Ifitimnok, a man from Telefomin in West Sepik, told the National that the Mt Hagen incident prompted him to reveal similar killings in the district that were never attended to by the authorities.

He said in 2009, three men living in Tabubil suspected of practicing sorcery or witchcraft were flown in an aircraft from Tabubil to Feramin village, west of Telefomin where they were tortured and murdered. “Police in Tabubil and Telefomin were aware of this but nothing was done to arrest the suspects.”

Two years later, he said, a woman was assaulted by a group of men from Telefolip village. She was dragged out of a plane at the Telefomin airstrip and killed. The Telefomin men had suspected her of practicing sorcery. “This happened in front of policemen stationed in Telefomin but nothing happened,” he said.

Before the end of 2011, Iftitimnok said, five men suspected of sorcery were tortured and killed outside the Telefomin government station. “Among those murdered was a student selected to do Grade 11 at Vanimo’s Don Bosco Secondary school the following year. Once again this happened in front of policemen but nothing was done about it,” he said.

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Case Study 3: The National Newspaper

Polye: Citizens perform poorly due to culture.

By David Wapar

Papua New Guinea is caught in a clash of culture of cultures which is causing them to underperform, Minister for Treasury Don Polye said this week. Speaking at the launching of Internal Revenue Commission’s (IRC) corporate plan in Port Moresby, Polye said PNG had evolved from a self-sustained to a near-sophisticated society, where most urban dwellers and public servants were yet to fully define their environment and what was required of them.

“We are not lazy. It’s just that we have not identify where we are and what must be done. “We are caught in an ever-changing world, a race between slow pacers and the fast.” Polye said. He challenged public servants to rise up and identify what was truly required of them so that they perform accordingly.

“The whole country needs to change its concept of thinking, he said, while pledging his support for IRC’s modernization plans. From a government perspective, human intelligent development was important, he said. Polye urged those who gathered to be true nationalists and work for the country and not to be bothered by short term material rewards. “Don’t sit and complain but rise up and do things on your own.”

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