Published: 2005-09-14 15:22:41
Countries: Papua New Guinea
A Response To Cruising Update On PNG And Security Alert For 2004
In a wonderful and beautiful country we see a different form of poverty. The loals have food and shelter as the land provides for them. It is not like African or the American poverty. It is simply an absence from the material world. The crimes of PNG are simple crimes of opportunity. There is no market to sell the things that are stolen, it is to have or take what they do not have.
To get back any property offer to buy or trade it back from the locals, they need the cash. Trade is also a good thing. I have used Australian NRL t-shirts and sporting goods. I keep about 6 rugby balls in a locker as part of my trading stock (about US$10 each). Any ball sport really. T-shirts with team logos, etc are also very tradable.
After 12 years of visiting PNG I have never been robbed or threatened.
Think about what you are doing and where you are going, Obvious signs of wealth will make you a target, kindness and generousity to the locals will see them easily befriend and protect you from rascals. It is common sense.
Harold Van Haltren