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10 October 2016

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Scott, I can identify with this great tale. Great men of vision like chief Engam Dumulok have passed on. There appears to be no more hope for the people.

Like late chief Engam Dumulok late Nenk Pasul, MBE was used by the colonial kiaps to pacify Kandep. He also helped build the Laiagam – Kandep road and the Kandep airstrip with crowbars, spades and bush knives.

Regular flights came to Kandep every week. But now cars and people trample on the airstrip. A market thrives at the top end while elephant grass has overtaken the once beautiful airstrip.

Nearby lies Nenk Pasul MBE in his cement vault right next to where Jim Fenton, the first kiap, built the first permanent government office in Kandep.

If you go to Kandep today, you will easily feel the loneliness and desolation. Government activity is no longer there. The great baritone voices of leaders like late Nenk Pasul and John Yaka can no longer heard.

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