Ryan

The Almost Broken Country

Sombre … yes: I think sombre is the best single word to describe the brownish mood pervading my study tonight. It could hardly be otherwise, for I am writing about Papua New Guinea—that beautiful but almost broken country, squandering its potential to be rich, happy, vibrant, achieving and respected. I shall not mention the bizarre parliamentary elections now nearly complete; this article is being written for Quadrant of September 1, and readers will long have known how all that turned out, including the routine PNG electoral statistic of how many people were murdered in the course of the poll. I…

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