Sandwiches …

Miss Gillard had to duck a verbal sandwich from PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

He was fairly blunt in telling the prime minister of the donor country that props up the PNG government with aid money (this year about 8.5 per cent of the PNG budget) that many of his fellow compatriots are offended by Australia’s visa requirements.

Miss Gillard has announced that the visa process will be streamlined. I guess a woman has to be careful in Papua New Guinea …

In early February, a 20-year-old mother of one, Kepari Leniata, was stripped and burned alive in front of a crowd at a market on the outskirts of Mt Hagen.

She had been accused of witchcraft by her killers.

In Southern Bougainville last week, one woman was beheaded and another grievously injured when a mob accused the pair of practising sorcery.


A US academic says she was gang-raped by an armed mob in Papua New Guinea and wants to publicise her ordeal to raise awareness about rampant violence against women in the desperately poor Pacific country.

As Jean G Zorn puts it

Rape is endemic in Papua New Guinea, and the courts in Papua New Guinea have not been effective at decreasing its incidence.

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