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23 January 2016

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Paul Munro

I am struck by the absence of any decent running commentary in Australian media or so far as I can see anywhere, reporting on the status of the drought and whatever remedial measures are being taken.

If some of the early reports are accurate there must be severe hardship being encountered and massive logistical problems in getting food supplies and the like into areas of greatest need.

Do any readers know of a reasonably reliable source of information and comment on what is happening?
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It's difficult to identify sources that are both authoritative and candid, Paul. The UN, as usual in dealing with member states, issues well laundered and bland updates such as this:

http://reliefweb.int/report/papua-new-guinea/papua-new-guinea-drought-un-resident-coordinator-s-office-situation-report-0

I'm finding Radio NZ International and the ABC more useful, plus the occasional on the ground reports from our own correspondents:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/294640/lack-of-co-ordination-hampers-png-drought-relief

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-21/western-province-people-desperate-for-food-in-png-drought/7105784

- KJ

Michael Dom

....and by the way I hear that the government now wants NARI to charge more for its services and products, you know, like planting materials.

Three cheers for O'Neill et al.?

Michael Dom

NARI, NARI, NARI...

Nobody ever bothers with NARI until shit happens.

It's like watching kindergarten kids.

This information is old news.

It only seems vital now that people are dead or dying.

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