| Duresi’s Odyssey
AUCKLAND - I read with great sadness and much anger and frustration about the death of a University of PNG student who was stabbed to death because he refused to hand over his phone to thugs.
Why? Why do such people think it’s OK to go around intimidating others for stuff they want?
A life cut short, a family who will miss their son, brother, friend, relative for the rest of their lives.
It makes me mad! Such senselessness.
Then there are those stories of every day harassment of the general public at certain hotspots in Port Moresby.
I read about commuters travelling on the Erima stretch of road, those who travel via Gordons, Two Mile and I feel angry and sad at the same time.
The people doing this thuggery are Papua New Guineans – a few Papua New Guineans I should add.
Again I ask, why? What has caused such moral decay in the capital city of this beautiful country of ours?
You go to rural areas and there are friendly, respectful people everywhere.
You come to the city and there is a growing number of people who have no respect for others.
This scares me. It should also scare all you other Papua New Guineans.
If we are not careful, our lives will be ruled by the minority who think the world owes them something, and if they don’t get it they will use violence.
I have a daughter, I’m a single mum and I worry all the time about our security when we return home after my studies.
Unfortunately most of the jobs I could see myself doing are based in Port Moresby, where I’ve never felt safe outside of my home.
Dear fellow Papua New Guineans reading this – you should and must care for what it happening in Port Moresby and some of the town areas in certain provinces.
I’m not sure what the politicians’ plan is for dealing with this apparent lack of law and order but something must be done – and soon.
It’s not good enough to keep telling people to avoid certain places at certain times to ensure they don’t get attacked.
In my opinion, I think it’s time to address the main issue: who is doing this, why are they doing it and how can they be stopped.
Again I say: Papua New Guineans we must care – now!
My thoughts and prayers to those who’ve experienced violence through thuggery, and RIP to all those innocent lives lost as a result. My heart goes out to the families.
To those of you who’ve never been to PNG, it is a beautiful place with majority of the people who are the best. Unfortunately a few rotten ones spoil it for us all. For a true PNG experience, I highly recommend visiting the provinces. Port Moresby is not an accurate representation of PNG.