MY wife Rose and I are from Enga Province in the Papua New Guinea highlands. We do not know how to swim or know anything about the solwara [sea].
Some friends living in Kerema warned us against boarding a dinghy because the seas were rough but we were desperate to reach our two grandsons and their mother.
The engine stopped midway across the mouth of the Vailala River and big waves began to continuously pound the dinghy. We cried out like little children and prayed hard, expecting to drown any minute. I knew we would drop to the ocean floor like stones without a struggle.
We had come to the Gulf Province to take our two grandchildren and their mother back to Enga. Our only son, Ismael was continuously arguing with his wife Annie who tried to stop him from marrying a second wife. In the end, she ran away to her own people in the Gulf province taking the two children with her.