Vast deposits of natural gas that promise to transform the lives of these people, and this nation. "Laitebo" is the name that we had even before the exploration.For Simon Ekanda, a leader of the Tugaba tribe, the gas has spiritual value.whilst an image I made of a large turtle landed at Lorengau, Manus Island (‘Turtle, Manus Island’) was selected as a nominated ‘Finalist’ in the ‘Photojournalism’ category AND the ‘Wildlife’ category. images © Brian Cassey Thanks to Murray Young for pointing this out (I was across the other side of the planet so initially missed it) …The announcement of winners and nominees and their works was made in a three and a half hour live broadcast on the internet … great showing in the first publication of 2017 in the Sunday Mail, January 1.I came out here on a British government scheme to work as an economist for the Papua New Guinean government. I'm submerged in not one, but two new cultures here in Port Moresby - Papua New Guinean and Australian.There are large numbers of Aussies here as it's so close - less than an hour's flight from Cairns.In Papua New Guinea, the Gelegele tend to take traditionally female roles in society.
As he and his co-producer Roman Kalyakin got to know the gay and transgender people of Hanuabada, he learned that it was a safe space where people live openly, without fear of retaliation from locals."You can see many of them walking in the streets in Hanuabada and they, transgender people, they don't hide, they can wear women's clothes there," he said."Kids still chase them and call them names but at least they don't experience physical violence in the village which is quite common in Port Moresby."I heard about many cases where gay and transgender people were raped or were beaten and sometimes it was even by the police, so they feel safe in Hanuabada." About 30 gay men, or 'Gelegele' in the local tongue, permanently live in the village, while others drift in and out.
The sleepy coastal village of Hanuabada sits on the north western outskirts of Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, and is probably best known for producing half of PNG's national cricket team.
What it is less known for is being a safe haven for Port Moresby's gay and transgender community.
I'm also learning a bit of Pidgin, such as "em nau" for "that's right".
When the Economist Intelligence Unit rated Port Moresby as the worst city to live in - 130th out of 130 - it caused a bit of consternation here.