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20 April 2017


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Phillip, thanks for bringing to fore some emerging issues surrounding gender based violence (GBV). Practitioners and victims of GBV need counselling to minimise spread of GBV.

My wife and I decided against bride-price and we pooled energy, knowledge and a little money we saved to support education of a few young children from my wife's and my people.

To us, this is substitute for bride-price but our relatives find it hard to understand us. They still feel that bride-price is missing and labelled me as an unworthy in-law. I know that I am testing a tradition that Melanesians and Simbus take for granted.

My wife and I don't see ourselves unworthy. We struggle to educate young people including our own children with the hope to create a violent free future for those that are under our care.

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