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14 July 2010

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A good article by Peter and I agree with his last two paragraphs. Over time, education will go a long way for people in PNG, especially in rural communities, to change their attitudes towards others.

Thank you Peter for this excellent article. I'm an Australian who worked in education in PNG for 13 years in the 1970-80s. During my time there I learnt much about all these things that you have explained so well.

As a Christian I believe the sorcery problem can be overcome through Christian faith and I know Christian love can solve a lot of the other problems. But when people like myself try to offer advice I know we must remember that the country still has a long way to go in changing attitudes and beliefs.

I remember the very moving dance drama called "This Man" by Francis Bogutu, from the Solomon Islands, which depicts the mental turmoil experienced by men as they search for their own identities in a changing society with conflicting cultures.

I agree with you that education has an important role to play to change deeply held beliefs that are causing so many of these problems.

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