“Gavman lus tingting lo mipla since independence. Ol toktok lo agriculture tasol lustingting lo helpim mipla lo transpotation,” (Government forgot about us since independence. They’ve talked about agriculture but forgot to help us with transportation), says Oral Nen, a local from Watut in the Morobe province.
“Coffee, cocoa come through the risky ways,” he says.
“ Ol spendim planti moni lo ol les lain raun nating nating long taun na lus tingting lo mipla man/meri trutru blong wok lo ol ples kanaka” (They spend so much money on lazy people doing nothing in towns and forget about us, real people who work so hard in our villages).
Pictured is a father and daughter transporting their cocoa and peanuts to markets in Lae via the Watut and Markham rivers. Wonder if they made it without losing their hard work. Pic by Oral Nen.