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

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Date Posted: Thu, Dec 28 2006, 12:32:12pm
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 believe most of us in this forum are in Port Moresby. Fr. Robert Laka surely did come up with a good topic. Tribal fight is rooted in the tradition of our society. It has been there for generations and cant be solved in an instance. We need to approach this issue strategically, do proper research and come up with amicable solutions to address each issues. Therefore the suggestion of setting up an organisation in Wabag will not be workable because most of the educated Engans live and work in Port Moresby and would be willing to take part in the forum and contribute ideas to the working committee.

I would approach this issue the following way.

Initial Study.
1. Study the root cause of tribal fighting.
2. Study the cultural settings, relationships, wantok system etc.
3. Payback killings - what is the reason, maybe people are not receiveing enough physological treatment after a trauma.
4. The environment in which people are being raised up - an environment filled with fear and anxiety.

Recommendations of the study.
1. Approach each issue individually to make sure we find solutions.
2. Each issue should have a solution.

Action plan.
1. Action plans have to be deviced to counter those particular issues raised to be addressed in the recommendation.

This is a big task, and i believe we can not totally eradicate but at least help reduce tribal fighting in the province if we approach this issue strategically.

I strongly believe that we should form a working team in Port Moresby and start looking at the issue.


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Paeo Ware
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Date Posted: Thu, Dec 28 2006, 12:57:12pm

I am of the firm believe that this issue needs to be addressed from Wabag. It doesn't need education to feel the pain and suffering people go through during and after a tribal fight. We need the village leaders, provincial and national leaders, the police in Enga, church leaders and youths to be gathered to at a venue in Wabag to do an initial brain storming session. I am sure it will make head way once the first meeting is organised. There are more people in Enga who despice tribal fighting but get sucked into it due to their tribal allegence.

Let me ask this question once more, is there anyone in Enga willing to organise the first meeting? Let's not make it complicated, you would be marveled at the response Engans give for such a course.


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