Betel nut is here to stay – so let's solve the problem
31 January 2015
An entry in the Crocodile Prize
PNG Chamber of Mines & Petroleum
Award for Essays & Journalism
IT is most regrettable that people’s lives, including very young lives, have to be destroyed because of one very divisive policy – the banning of betel nut.
No amount of money will appease the pain suffered by the relatives of those three people or compensate for the loss. No way.
When the National capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, first announced the policy in October 2013, I was one of those who opposed the idea in the Post Courier and PNG Attitude.
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