An entry in the Crocodile Prize
PNG Chamber of Mines & Petroleum
Award for Essays & Journalism
MICHAEL is an unassuming local from Orokolo Bay, a familiar figure on many project sites in the Gulf Province.
Unlike the feared Orokolo warriors of lore, who greeted early missionaries on the beaches of their vast bay, he displays a blasé disposition, making it easy for him to strike up a conversation with strangers and to make friends with people he has just met.
He exudes such a sense of familiarity that many people have taken him in as “family” and say he is like a “brother from another mother”.