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Subject: Re: Can Tribal Fright be Eradicated once and for all?

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Date Posted: Mon, Oct 30 2006, 09:50:44am
In reply to: Fr. Robert Plews Laka, SVD 's message, "Can Tribal Fright be Eradicated once and for all?" on Tue, Oct 17 2006, 01:56:55am

I think this debate will run for years, but there are a few things to remember.

Enga has plunged into an era of dark ages - even below the threshold of our peace loving tanget adorned descendants where "hired Iraqi style killers" are found everywhere.

As Fr. Laka rightly suggested, I am of the opinion that an imminent group of "sold-out peace lovers and pro-progress" oriented individuals (two from each district) be formed. This group must be completely divorced from any political affiliations. Further, I suggest that this group be drawn from the neutral church bodies and the peace and good order committee in the province.

The Group can then strategize on how best to tackle this issue. To start off, the eminent group can conduct public forums in each of the districts in the province including public forums the major city centers around PNG. (Port Moresby, Lae, Mt- Hagen, Goroka, Kimbe and others where there’s a big concentration of Engan population).

Other Intellectual Engans who cannot make it can contribute their views on Wai Pii Forum (as is now) so that the campaign can represent a wider spectrum of informed views that should result in achieving something more lasting.

Fr. Laka, count me in this endeavor as “one of the willing” from Upper Ambum District. I think I have an idea or two plus an iota of energy and effort to contribute for beloved Enga.

To answer the question: Can Tribal Fright be Eradicated once and for all? Yes, over a phased and long worthy process, it can be eradicated"

We need the right dose of medicine with start with and carry this forward.This we can source from an initiative like this

Thank you.

Naipelam Tange – Upper Ambum

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Date Posted: Mon, Oct 30 2006, 02:26:45pm

Very interesting topic raised in this forum. Tribal fight has been an hindrance to development and flow of services to our people in the province. While we enjoy the bright lights of the city, and access the internet, our people still survive day by day by working the land.

Most services since independence have gone backwards like other because of tribal fights, and it is an issue that needs to be be addressed.

They say, "you can tell the difference between a mature person and an immature person by the way they handle possible conflict situations". For instance, a guy who bashes his wife in the public because of a minor difference shows that he is immature and dont know who to solve his problem.

Take a look around our province and you see immaturity taking a centre stage everywhere, even educated people seem to be immature in handing problems. A degree or PHD, or pubic hair for that matter does not make one person mature, it is the attitude and discipline of an individuals approach towards life in general and in this case, how to solve problems with ease and walk on in life shows the maturity of a person.

One thing i had in mind in solving this problem is to embark on conflict resolution courses. COnflict resolution courses.

I am an Engan and i have thought of the kind of attitude that we display sometimes display animalistic attitudes, maybe because we live with pigs we tend to naturally get some of their attitudes. A pig when, washed will always return to the mud. This can be compared to the way we destroy government services. SOmething good for the people but, we destroy it, maybe because we have unknowingly picked up that kind of behaviour from pigs.

If someone closely sit down and work out our behaviour, i believe we will see a lot of those attitudes and behaviours are picked from animals, that might be the reason why trouble fighting becomes and issue in the province.

The only way to approach this issue is to help people with conflict resolution techniques. I agree, educated elites of the province should get together and discuss something too.

One thing i forgot, educated people are behind the current trouble fights in the province. Educated people are supplying guns and ammunition to their brothers to kill each other. I was approached by my tribe several times to buy a gun for them, i told them that i dont believe in guns. If i buy a gun, i am actually killing my own blood brother. So you see, educated people also need to understand this, because they are also actively involved in the tribal fights.


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