Village Life 2

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A 'bushman' and his house

Deep in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, village life can be very different from those near the coast (see Village Life 1).  The jungle exerts a stronger influence on the life of the villagers in these parts on a day-to-day basis.  Sago, their staple food, is a product of the jungle and so with meat from any animals they can hunt ranging from small birds to cassowaries, crocodiles and deer.  “Bush materials” comprise most of the houses. Those near the Fly River network in the Western Province are fortunate to have an additional food source and a more convenient transportation network.  Villages affected by mining operations upstream, including those near the KiungaTabubil road, enjoy socio-economic benefits through cash and development assistance from mining operators as compensation for the adverse environmental effects of the mining operation.  But does it really make their lives better? I wonder.

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A lonely village deep in the jungle

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The jungle provides wood that is vital for the construction of houses, school buildings, and canoes

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A scenic bench made of wooden slabs provide a great view of a hilly village

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The mighty Fly River is a food source and an indigenous transportation network

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Palms and betel nut trunks are used as wall and roof materials of houses in some villages

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A bamboo grove near the river bank provides a cool shade from the humid tropical afternoon

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Bamboo is also a food source and an excellent material for thatch houses

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A two-classroom school building sits on a hill near the jungle

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In another village supported by the mine, the school classroom used better materials complete with catchment tank for collecting rainwater

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Villages away from the effects of the mines remain green all around

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But a different color and texture continues to emerge in mine-affected villages

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