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Journey to PNG - A Forgotten World n June 2014, I had the opportunity to travel to Papua New Guinea for work. On a brief stop-over in Port Moresby, I had the opportunity to venture out into the city, visit the local markets, the central business district, interact with the locals and meet

Journey to PNG - The Perfect Reflection

PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Monday, 17 November 2014 | Views [424]

Morning reflections on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

Morning reflections on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea is a culturally rich, ethnically diverse, remote and often forgotten corner of the world.

While on a work in far north PNG, I had the opportunity to explore a few corners the capital Port Moresby, and a few villages on the Manus Island. It is difficult for an outsider to fathom the large population that reside in the seemingly dense and impenetrable rainforests of the country. There is an abundance of wildlife, and the local traditional clothes and cultural costumes reflect the coexistence of the locals within their natural environment.

Locals face an obesity epidemic, high levels of Diabtese cases, increasing numbers of HIV infections, and other serious medical issues that far reaching social and economic consequences. In an age of increasing connectivity, large parts of Papua New Guinea remains relatively undiscovered and unconnected to the rest of the world.

In the mornings we walked to the worksite, which was less than a kilometre away. The highlight of the walk was to watch in awe the reflection in the early hours of the morning - a perfect reflection of the tree line, the sky, the rotting boat; the reflection mimicked that of a mirror in its clarity but unfortunately, lasted for only a short while.

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