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06 July 2014

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I placed this story on the Sepik Region Development Discussion Forum on Facebook today and had this response from Dr Gilbert Hiawalyer -

Thank you for the wonderful story by Bill Brown. If time allows they could make another similar journey, this time be flying by jet to Wewak or Vanimo, then by small aircraft to Telefomin. Probably Telefomin town could have changed but I doubt other parts of Telefomin have progressed at all since 1959.

Thank you Bill Brown and your good wife Pamela for your effort in bringing civilization, education and health care to the people of Telefomin and overall PNG.

I remember as a child I was about 4 years old, I saw an Australian kiap with his pregnant wife were coming to our village in 1962 to conduct a census with two sons probably age 5 and 6 years. It was raining heavily and people from our village had pushed their Landrover over the muddy road to my village where they camped for the week.

This was my first time to see a white woman and white children. It dawned on me during my final year at St. Xavier's High School in 1975 when we were going to get independence, how many families like the Browns had to make a sacrifice, away from their comfortable life in Australia, to take risks of being killed, infected with malaria and other tropical diseases with no proper medical care around, to bring this country to a self determined democratic country of which many of leaders are currently taking it for granted.

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