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Subject: Re: word on ground on Ipatas?


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Lisa
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Date Posted: Thu, Mar 22 2007, 12:19:42am
In reply to: Highlands_Cinderella 's message, "word on ground on Ipatas?" on Tue, Mar 06 2007, 03:55:49pm

When in Enga last year, sadly for only 8 days (at Sari village and Kumul lodge), what struck me as an aussie was the different attitude to voting and politics.

The way I grew up in Melbourne, it is tambu to ask people who they vote for, and most people don't share it with others...often even husband and wives don't discuss who they voted for.

It seemed to me that people follow politicians in Enga a bit like people here follow football teams... they 'barrack' for them, and make it quite public who they follow.

I know I'm naive, but in reality, can a politician REALLY know if you voted for them? Do they check your votes?

It sounded like 'chosing a team' is a very serious business that could have dire consequences if you chose the wrong one!

Do people still generally vote according to tribal/ clan 'teams'? Eg. Do most people in Sari 'back' one particular candidate?

I'm just interested in the way it works over there because it is so different from my experience.

By the way... I just loved Enga, especially the walk up to kiap... and can't wait to get back to visit again some time.. but it looks like being about two or three years before I'll have enough money.

Lisa x

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Date Posted: Thu, Mar 22 2007, 11:34:46pm

Thankyou '61' for taking the time to write back to my questions and comments. You explained it very well. I knew about the strong triabal ties, but hadn't considered the evolution from moka (hadn't heard of te'e).

Politics is certainly completely different in Enga.

I was suprised to hear you say most Engans are uneducated, because I was suprised by the level of education, not only in Enga, but all PNG. I, like many people in first world countries have the false assumption that there is a correlation between education and living conditions. It amazed me to see that a beautiful woman, looking and behaving like any other secretary around the world lives without running water and showers in a freezing cold waterfall. I'm embarrased by how ignorant I have been, and still am.



assume that people living with no running water or electricity wouldn't people live in very basic conditions with no running water or electricity.

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