24, Aug

Bush patrol in Papua New Guinea

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Sr Betty Singamai recently set out from the coastal town of Aitape to the Highlands of the Western Sepik District in the Sandaun Province of PNG.  Sr Betty travelled by truck first to Wewak (7-8 hours drive) then on to Nuku  (another 7 hours drive) and from there, began the two week Bush Patrol.

This Parish church is in one of the very remote villages Sr Betty encountered on her patrol

This Parish church is in one of the very remote villages Sr Betty encountered on her patrol

Much of the area to be visited is not accessible by road.  This then entailed some days of long treks, accompanied by an escort of locals from one village to the next.  There are seven Parishes in the Nuku Deanery and a number of villages in each Parish.  The people of these villages were gracious in their warm welcome and hospitality given to Sr Betty and those accompaning her.

Reasons for the patrol:

  • to assist the in the implementation of the Diocesan Renewal Programme
  • to educate and raise awareness of the upcoming United Nations Universal Periodic Review for Papua New Guinea (UPR)
  • to look at human rights issues in general
  • to enable the people to name the human rights issues needed to be addressed and possible ways of doing this.

Sr Betty wrote of her Bush Patrol:

“I felt Nano and all IPA Presentation Sisters’ Justice Contacts were united with me in spirit when I set out for this two weeks patrol to to meet the people in the various villages and raise  awareness on UPR and Human Rights issues.

The  Bishop of Aitape diocese, Bishop Otto Separy, and other members of the Diocesan Pastoral Team, Fr Douglas,  and Mr Bill Nasa, with the agreement of my  Congregation Leader, Sr Regina Gevia, commissioned me to make this patrol.

Thank you God for this experience. I have encountered and talked to more than 600 people about UPR and will include the learnings in my UPR report.”

Sr Betty indeed felt blessed to have the opportunity to meet and work with so many generous and faithfilled people on her Bush Patrol. The shared wisdom and experience of the people of the Nuku Deanery will be an important contribution to the report for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and to the process of addressing human rights issues at the local and national level.

Half way during the patrol, Sr Betty and her escorting team stopped for some minutes rest and took the chance to talk with a little girl from the plains

Half way during the patrol, Sr Betty and her escorting team stopped for some minutes rest and took the chance to talk with a little girl from the plains

 

A group of men in Warsai Parish gathered to hear and share reflections on the UPR and Human Rights

A group of men in Warsai Parish gathered to hear and share reflections on the UPR and Human Rights

 

With some children in a village, enjoying the evening scene

With some children in a village, enjoying the evening scene

 

In the middle of the Sepik plains, exhausted in the hot sun

In the middle of the Sepik plains, exhausted in the hot sun

 

 

 

3 Responses to “Bush patrol in Papua New Guinea”

  1. Rita Cusack says:

    Greetings to you dear Betty and all in PNG… I love reading these fascinating stories of you on Mission and being the presentation Face of God to the many wonderful people you encounter on your travels. May the Blessings of God be with you all and may Nano continue to walk with you in all your adventures. Cheers and love to all Rita

  2. Suzanne Gentle says:

    Thank you Betty for undertaking this courageous and demanding work – 600 more people in PNG have now made a significant contribution to the report for the UPR! Congratulations Betty.

  3. Cafasso Sirongo says:

    Congratulation Sr Betty for this wonderful mission.

    Thank you & God will continue toir bless and guide you always.

    Cafasso Sirongo


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