via Mine pollution at Basamuk Bay… We warned about it 10 years ago
Please visit my wantok and colleague Scott Waide’s WordPress blog to read the story and watch his documentary “Uprooted”.
The documentary touches a particular personal situation in my own village, Wagang, in Lae, Papua New Guinea.
The PNG National Government is currently preparing for two major projects to go through our tiny village, Wagang ( also known as Siapia) in Lae Morobe Province. One of these projects is the proposed tailings (pipeline) from Wafi Golpu which will affect the six Ahe villages. My mother will lose part of her front yard at our family home to the main village road; expanded to cater for the development. If you read previous posts you will find stories about my village and our land.
Waide’s documentary gives a visual context of what is allowed into PNG and continues to happen at the cost of development by our own government. I hope “Uprooted” will be watched by those landowners that are affected, so they can speak up for what is theirs before it’s too late. I also hope those greedy ones in government, provincial government or landowners themselves that believe that they have the ultimate authority to sell out cultural and tribal land for a few bucks can see the devastation it can cause in the future. Land in Melanesia is an intangible heritage and belongs to all in the family and tribe. Noken lus tingting long ol tumbuna bilong yupla. Graun ino samting nating.
*Remember your future generation. Land is not nothing.
2 thoughts on “Mine pollution at Basamuk Bay… We warned about it 10 years ago”
I have been reflecting on how short-sighted human beings can be. It’s very hard to look beyond our own internal framework of how we see the world, no matter what the situation. We often don’t even know we are doing this, even when others point it out. I am very sorry that this is happening in your home and I hope that the warning voices will be heeded.
Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts Claudia. They are comforting and it is always good to hear from you. It is a frightening situation when what you read about turns up at your doorstep and you’re in a place where too many people have longer arms than yours. Talk soon.
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