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Subject: Future of Lutheran-run school in Enga at stake


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Mad @ Madness!!!
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Date Posted: Tue, Feb 27 2007, 04:29:36pm

Future of Lutheran-run school in Enga at stake

SCHOOL authorities at the Highlands Lutheran International School are considering whether to suspend, close or relocate the school following threats and ongoing tribal fight between the Wapukins and the Ambulin tribes in the Wapenamanda district of Enga province.
According to sources from the school, the use of high-powered firearms has prompted the school to evacuate staff and students to Kumul Lodge while classes have been suspended for an indefinite period.
It is understood that a school board of directors meeting was to commence yesterday afternoon to decide the school’s future.
Head Bishop of PNG Gutnius Lutheran church David Piso said rumours had been going around that the school was being targeted.
Bishop Piso told The National yesterday that the future of the school was at stake and an urgent meeting with Enga Governor Peter Ipatas was to commence yesterday afternoon to address the situation.
He said a fierce battle broke out last Thursday, when the Wapukin tribe approached the school in large numbers with high-powered firearms but the Ambulin tribe used two high-powered fire arms to defend the school from the enemy.
Police intervened and stopped the fight.
Bishop Piso said police presence was boosted with the deployment of 10 police personal from the police mobile squad in Wabag to guard the school premises.
The Highlands Lutheran International School is an agency of the Gutnius Lutheran church of PNG.
It has classes from elementary prep up to Grade 12.
In 2004, the administration complex, worth more than K2 million, was burnt down following a conflict between these two tribes.
“This is a chronic gun battle and I don’t think our kids from around the country and abroad can survive such circumstances,” Bishop Piso said, adding that the school was a mission school and there should be no illusion that the school was taking sides in the fight.





http://www.thenational.com.pg/022707/nation35.htm

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[> Subject: Re: Future of Lutheran-run school in Enga at stake


Author:
KLagaipT3
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Date Posted: Tue, Feb 27 2007, 11:00:02pm

As an ex-HLIS stud (86,89-92), I was very disturbed by the possibility of closure and further destruction to the school and property. Tribal custodians should not be disillusioned by the assumption that such a religious institution could possibly take sides! I pray for the good of my beloved school, that the staff, students and property are left untouched and allowed to continue with their daily affairs. Since the eruption of the Wapukin-Ambulin tribal war, so much injustice had befallen them inspite of their innocence. The students have had to suffer and make due with temporary relocations and loss of library and computer facilities. I feel for them!

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[> [> Subject: Re: Future of Lutheran-run school in Enga at stake


Author:
Saddened
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Date Posted: Wed, Feb 28 2007, 01:16:19pm

For Heaven and Timango's sake, leave the school alone!
It's SENSELESS, UTTER STUPIDITY and 101% MADNESS to touch the school, even dare move near the perimeters of the campus.

The fight will not last for ever. The school will be everyone within the community, the province and the country.

Why even being dick-headed to contemplate destroying the school? What message will that send out to bigger community outside?


Done with this PIPIA KANAKA TINGTING!

Both TRIBES must APOLOGISE SINCERELY TO THE SCHOOL, BOARD AND THE STUDENTS and GIVE THEM A GURANTEE THAT THE SCHOOL WILL NEVER BE TOUCHED AGAIN.

Saddened by the news

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[> Subject: I planted some flowers at the school


Author:
Sari Songster (Tra lala)
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Date Posted: Wed, Feb 28 2007, 03:10:07am

Oh they are beautiful
when it rains
and when it is sunny
my flowers
that glow in the Enga morn
tra lala
the school bows its head to Jesus
and the kids grow healthy
and Lutheran Lenny beams his wishes to God
tra lala
Stop this fighting
tra lala
and sing to Jesus
Sweet Jesus
tra lala

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[> Subject: Re: Future of Lutheran-run school in Enga at stake


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pngean
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Date Posted: Wed, Feb 28 2007, 04:28:13pm

Can anyone explain why schools are targeted in tribal fights?

Cant figure a logical reason why.

Do they really think by destroying the school they are destroying the pride of the other tribe? At the end of the day when the school is closed down (just like what happened to Sopas) there will be no winners! Only loosers!

peace

pngean

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[> [> Subject: Re: Future of Lutheran-run school in Enga at stake


Author:
Lincoln Timinao (Distressed)
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Date Posted: Wed, Mar 21 2007, 06:30:59pm

This is very very terrible ! Students are being deprived of their education. The services provided by teachers from within the country and abroad are not being respected.It is very sad to see the expats leaving because of such activities. They have nothing to gain by comming here. It's more like a voluntary job for most of them.

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[> Subject: Re: Future of Lutheran-run school in Enga at stake


Author:
IR
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Date Posted: Wed, Feb 28 2007, 06:28:02pm

Oh my God, That is so sad...i can only imagine what the staff and students are going through. I was there in 2004 when the tribal war began.

We can only pray and hope that the war stops and life goes back to normal.

God bless

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[> Subject: Re: Future of Lutheran-run school in Enga at stake


Author:
Real Way Forward
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Date Posted: Tue, Mar 06 2007, 11:15:31am

Burn all the secondary schools in Enga down. The same contigent should burn all the high schools and community schools down with the same tempo and rhythm.

Seal this excellent parade with the demolition of all the mission stations, hospitals and all the bridges in Enga. Then finally cap it off with the torching of the Green House in Wabag Town.

Then everybody should pack up and leave Enga on foot and make squatter setttlement in Port Moresby, Lae, Madang, and neighbouring Mt Hagen.

This is a fantastic Development Proposal themed" Enganisation - The Way Forward .

"Here we come, Enganisation in the 21st century"!

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Author:
Goody!
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Date Posted: Tue, Mar 06 2007, 11:32:31am

Hmmm, that's an interesting idea.
Go for it.

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[> Subject: Re: Future of Lutheran-run school in Enga at stake


Author:
g
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Date Posted: Wed, Mar 07 2007, 09:32:49pm

Classes resume amid threats

http://www.thenational.com.pg/030707/nation18.htm

BY PETER PIA
DISPITE several threats issued last week by Wapukin and Ambulin warring tribes into the Highlands Lutheran International School (HLIS) in Enga province, the school resumed classes last Wednesday.
The school board held a meeting last week and agreed for normal classes to continue provided that Wabag-based mobile squad 11 was present to safeguard and contain the situation.
HLIS principal Brent Kilback said his teachers and students, who fled to Kumul Lodge on the border for safety, had returned to the school.
Board member and Gutnius Lutheran agency Bishop David Piso told The National from Wabag last Friday that students were already in class and the school was up and running..
Bishop Piso said despite threats issued by the warring tribes, the board felt that future of the students was of paramount importance while condeming the fight and urged the tribes to stop fighting each other.
This is a big school in the country. Wapukins and Ambulins must stop their fight and surrender to God for peace and harmony once and for all, Bishop Piso said.
Bishop Piso also urged the provincial and the national governments to address this issue.

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[> Subject: Re: Future of Lutheran-run school in Enga at stake


Author:
Miss Enga 2007
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Date Posted: Thu, Mar 08 2007, 09:40:04am

No wonder most of us are kanakas because our people go and burn skools down...Geez! Olsem na bihain complain olsem kid need a better skool send to the city and half of them get lost and half make it through....

Longlongs!

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