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I finally was invited to go work in a garden here in PNG. The folks here have to plant their gardens on the sides of mountains. Because of the steep terrain it is very difficult to keep the ground from eroding. A ‘terracing’ style of gardening is not practical for them because in many areas there is only a thin layer of dirt covering the stony mountainside. However, they have implemented various techniques that allow them to get the most out of their gardens given their limited access to outside resources. Basically they do all there gardening with a machete and a stick. Some are fortunate enough to have an axe as well.



From the little amount of time that I was able to spend in the garden I’ve learned some of their technique. They will allow a mountainside to grow ‘wild’ for 15 to 20 years. While they may not know the exact year that they last had a garden in that spot they can tell from the size of the trees on that mountainside about how long it has been growing wild. First the underbrush has to be cleared. This is usually done by the women and children. Then ‘suckers’ or small shoots are collected from other gardens. These are brought and planted among the trees on the mountainside. A 3 foot stick is cut about 3 inches in diameter. This is then used to jam into the dirt on the side of the mountain. If it contacts large stone just under the surface of the dirt then that spot is not suitable for planting. If they can drive the stick 6 or more into the dirt then they will put a young shoot into the hole that is left in the dirt. They will then drive the stick into the dirt 2 or 3 more times around the shoot to loosen the soil. One thing that surprised me was that they do not pack the dirt around the plant – they simply put it into the whole and let it sit there.


After the young shoots are planted the trees are cut down. That is where I got to come in. I like using an axe. However, I did not realize that there is a science to how they fell the trees in the garden. They want the trunk of the tree to lie horizontal to the slope. This allows the trunks to get caught by the stumps sticking out of the ground and keeps them from sliding down the slope. They also want the crown of the tree to fall so that when the leaves fall off of the dying tree they will fall onto the young shoots. This helps with erosion as well as gives mulch to the young plants. They also try to crisscross the trees when they can – this adds a network of branches and leaves which will help with erosion and add more mulch for the young plants.

I was able to use my newfound understanding of gardening here in PNG as an example the very next day. We headed out to the garden on Saturday morning at 7:30

and cut down trees until 11. We had a big lunch and then hiked 4 hours to a church plant in Aminowa. There I was able to illustrate God’s blessings upon a church by using my understanding of their gardening principles. I said that ‘You don’t cut the trees down first when you are making a garden. No, you clean the bush, plant the shoots and then cut the trees down. In like manner, if you want to receive God’s blessings upon your church you must follow His principles.’ I gave them 4 principles from Acts 2: Obey the Word of God, Pray, Be in One Accord, and Believe God’s Promises. The church was encouraged and I was happy. I then did the hike back home in about 3 hours.

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‘Sorcerers’ beheaded after three days of torture in Papua New Guinea

Two elderly women have been beheaded in Papua New Guinea after being tortured for three days, a report has said in the latest in a string of sorcery-related crimes.

Agence France-Presse in Sydney

11:28AM BST 08 Apr 2013

Police were present during the killings last week but were outnumbered by an angry mob and could do nothing to prevent the grisly deaths, according to The Post-Courier newspaper.

“We were helpless. We could not do anything,” Bougainville police inspector Herman Birengka told the paper, saying his officers were threatened when they tried to negotiate the women’s release.

According to Insp Birengka, who described the murders as “barbaric and senseless,” the women were taken captive last Tuesday by relatives of a former school teacher who died recently.

“The two women were rounded up and taken to Lopele village after they were suspected of practising sorcery and blamed for the death of the former teacher, who was from Lopele village,” he said.

They were tortured for three days, suffering knife and axe wounds, before being beheaded in front of the police who had been sent to the village to mediate, the report said.

Last month, a woman accused of sorcery was stripped naked and burned to death by a mob, with Amnesty International stepping up calls for an end to sorcery-related violence in Papua New Guinea.

Amnesty has urged the government to stamp out the practice in the Pacific nation where there is a widespread belief in sorcery and where many people do not accept natural causes as an explanation for misfortune and death.

There have been several other cases of witchcraft and cannibalism in PNG in recent years, with a man reportedly found eating his screaming, newborn son during a sorcery initiation ceremony in 2011.

Edited at by Sarah Titterton

This story copied from the Telegraph. Click HERE to see full article

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Police save ‘sorcerers’ after mob try to burn them alive in Papua New Guinea

Two women accused of being sorcerers have been saved by police after they were about to be set alight by a mob in the Pacific state of Papua New Guinea.

Police save 'sorcerers' after mob try to burn them alive in Papua New Guinea

On February 6 a young mother accused of sorcery was set alight on a pile of rubbish topped with car tyres Photo: AP
By Jonathan Pearlman, Sydney

2:18PM GMT 14 Feb 2013

The women were accused of killing an eight-year-old girl in Mount Hagen, the same city where a crowd burnt a 20-year-old mother last week after stripping her naked and beating her in a killing that shocked the world.

A police commander, Teddy Tei, said an angry crowd claimed two elderly women had killed the eight-year-old, but that police believed she had been “gang-raped and killed by two known suspects”.

The suspects were among the crowd attacking the women, who were tied to poles and about to be burnt. Also present was a “glassman” – a man who claimed to have supernatural powers and who had identified the luckless women as sorcerers and claimed they were responsible for the child’s death.

About 20 people were arrested.

The incident follows the killing two weeks ago of Kepari Leniata, 20, who was reportedly tortured with a branding iron and tied up, doused with fuel and burnt on a pile of rubbish topped with car tyres, while a crowd including children looked on. She was accused of using sorcery to kill a six-year-old boy.

The United Nations denounced the killing and called on the government and authorities to prevent attacks on alleged sorcerers.

“We urge the government to put an end to these crimes and to bring perpetrators of attacks and killings to justice through thorough, prompt and impartial investigations in accordance with international law,” said Cecile Pouilly, a spokeswoman for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Belief in sorcery and witchcraft is widespread in the poverty-stricken Commonwealth nation, which has a controversial Sorcery Act aimed at preventing attacks on people accused of practicing black magic.

The act is under review and the PNG Constitutional and Law Reform Commission has recommended that it be repealed.

taken from HERE



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