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Subject: Re: Fr. Robert Plews Laka, Please Answer............

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Date Posted: Fri, Feb 09 2007, 04:55:54pm
In reply to: Corner Man. 's message, "Fr. Robert Plews Laka, Please Answer............" on Thu, Feb 01 2007, 12:55:05pm

I have been following this thread for some time.

I have been a victim of tribal fights and I just do not want this practise to continue. I also realise that the work will not be easy. It will take years of hard work and maybe 2-3 generations before tribal fighting is stopped, minimized, managed etc. Or it may never be eradicated at all.

But at least I want to do what I can to stop it in my life time.

I salute the good priest for bringing up this topic for discussion. Thats a start. We discuss about politics, economics and the laws but I think tribal fighting should be up there too. Yes, tribal fighting had a place and significance when our great great ancestors were alive. But in this day and age, tribal fighting has no place. It will continue to stay if we allow it. If we do not want it, than we can stop it once and for all. Maybe some people benefit directly or indirectly from tribal fights but let us not forget that some one else also suffers. For me, I do not want to benefit from the suffering of others.

Some of us think that tribal fighting can be stopped. And there are others who think that tribal fighting can not be stopped, and you have your own reasons. Thats ok.

But if we all agree on one thing first, and that is TRIBAL FIGHTING IN ENGA IS BAD!! Than I think if we come together and try and find solutions, we may suprised ourselves by actually succeeding! As the common saying goes - two heads are better than one.

Anway, if any Engans is serious and want to at least start something to try and stop tribal fighting in Enga, join this yahoo group - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/enga_yandakai/

and we can discuss this issue further.

I had a pakistani friend who once told me something which his father told him when he was a boy - 'if you want to do something in life, just go ahead and do it. You will only find out out if you can or not by trying'.

There is a big organization growing rapidly in PNG now - its called NATO - no action, talk only. So my engouragment is, let us not join this NATO group in PNG. Let us not only talk the talk but walk the talk as well!

peace out


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Date Posted: Fri, Feb 09 2007, 09:53:51pm

Thank you, Father Robert Laka for your deep insight and philosphical logic against tribal fights! I have always believed in taking an arrow or bullet for another. Mind you, it may be mere words, but from where these words spring from is of no importance and varies from one brethren to another!

We, as educated students, village leaders or whatever role we legitimately take on in society, we should be willing to carry this burden of responsibility. People should be reminded time and time again until the end of time that "working hard" will earn you a better living, and fighting will shorten one's lifespan and productivity.

I do my best to help my people everyday. So far, I have purchased 2 Toyota Dynas for entrepreneurs trying to make a living back in Laiagam. And I am glad to say they make a good living as recognized leaders and businessmen partly because of my meager contribution. The onus is on us internet users to do something for our people whether it be through awareness or technical assistance. I see no other way unless any of us choose to pursue politics for a greater and more effective change!

February 9th, 2007

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