Politicians fight for power while the best students die of poverty
30 June 2014
GIORGIO LICINI | Catholic Reporter PNG
THE death of a third Divine Word University student in as many months in Madang yesterday is likely to send shockwaves around Papua New Guinea.
Terence Wafanu from the Green River District in Sandaun Province, a second year Rural Health student, reported withdrew from university in April due to the non-payment of fees.
Friends revealed at an improvised hauskrai on campus last night that Terence’s parents are subsistence farmers and Terence had been the first young person from an extremely remote area to reach university.
The cause of death has still to be officially determined but tuberculosis is the primary suspect.
After leaving university a couple of months ago, Terence never found his way back to the impoverished Vanimo forests.
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