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21 July 2014

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I would like to think differently and say that there is some truth in this story.

Generally the situation of children related to their health and education in this country are a disgrace.

Children are a window to society. If they are not being looked after then there are deep-seated problems in society that needs to be addressed.

There should be less talk and more action from every organisation and those who can help.

We owe it to them, and the future.

Generalisation is also a fallacy.

This post was also on the Facebook page of the Catholic Reporter over the weekend. A number of comments were not favourable.

Basically people say that the UN, NGOs and the likes exaggerate or even make up reports and figures in order to justify their expenses for research, trips, reports, etc and secure additional funds.

Some say that this description of the situation of PNG children may be true for the settlements in POM and Lae, but not for the much larger rural areas where children apparently grow up with full stomachs and don't experience shortage of vitamins and proteins.

It would be interesting to understand more from people researching and working in the field.
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True, Fr Giorgio. Assertion without evidence is worthless. The critics should produce proof rather than indulge themselves in scurrilous attacks on reputable international aid agencies - KJ

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