Roads, Rivers and Markets of Maprik District

Stream & ForestRoad to Brugam
Brugam from Opposite HillsideSomething I’ve always loved about this life with MSF is how it lets me see so many towns and villages in so many parts of the world – so many ways that humanity organizes itself into social units and carries out daily life. Here in PNG there is such tremendous range cultural and social diversity that I’ve really cherished all the opportunities I’ve had to get out and see villages, meet local people and find out how they access health care, how they live, see the kids playing or running by the road, see the market ladies selling their coconuts or buai (betel nut) or onions, and so on.

Brugam from Opposite Hillside 2 This is the final entry that I will post from PNG. There are still some shots from a recent trip to Honiara in the Solomon Islands, which I might post next weekend when I expect to be in Canberra; or the next entry might have to wait until I’m back in Europe debriefing and then seeing friends and family there. It’s lovely that this last entry can show another style of roads and villages from those that you’ll see from my past visits to Tari, the peeks at the streets of Port Moresby I’ve offered you in recent years, or even the views of roads and rivers in Bougainville from late 2012. Just a month ago or so I had the chance to get out with our teams in Maprik, a town and district centre in East Sepik province – these shots are from outreach activities (health education) at the main market in Maprik town, plus a trip we did to a lovely little town (which you see, across the valley, in the shot directly above and whose streets and houses you see also in the shot below) called Brugam. I won’t say a lot more – the photos have names which tell what they are, and there’s a small gallery below in which a colleague documented me buying a nice big coconut to enjoy the coconut juice…which we’re told is nature’s perfect electrolyte drink, and certainly is a fine thirst-quencher after a day on the road. Consider this my sign-off from my dear temporary home since March 2012, good ol’ Port Moresby…

Brugam Houses…many of the rivers reminded me of streams that I’d play in with my brothers as a kid in Southern Ohio (especially the one at the very top, first in the entry), while others reminded me of streams I drove past in New Zealand with one of those brothers and my Mom, just a few months ago. Notice also how differently the houses and family compounds are set up compared to Tari — here, open yards and houses on stilts for cool and flood-protection; there, big earthen walls to create privacy and…well, I’ve never been inside a Huli home, but I’m guessing they’re on the ground since it’s plenty cool overnight up there in the highlands…
East Sepik Stream Maprik Central Market Maprik Market  Shelter Maprik Market Outreach 3 Maprik Market Outreach Crowd Mountain Vista from Road Moutains & Forest Orchids & Sky Orchids & Trumpet Flowers Riverside House Road at Brugan HC
Roadside House & Hedge Roadside House & Yard Roadside Houses & Landscape Buying Coconuts 1

Roadside Market Outreach Roadside Market Team Roadside Market

4 responses

  1. Pat Eickman

    What beautiful shots you’ve given us in your farewell post from PNG! Brugam does, indeed, look like a lovely little town. That house has such a tidily trimmed back yard! And I think I may make a desktop picture of the flowers. Have a good debrief in Europe, Paul, and safe travels home.

    March 10, 2014 at 03:42

  2. Stephen Brockmann

    Paul, one of those river beaches also reminds me of the same things it reminds you of. It looks like there was some serious economic activity going on in that town, by the way, and it’s nice to see you taking part in it! I trust the coconut was refreshing and tasty!

    March 16, 2014 at 22:49

  3. I am looking for a photo of the bridge going in to Brugam. I was on a teen missions team in 1984 that helped build this bridge…. 60 ft. long, 18 ft/ wide…. Any chance you have a photo or an update? It would be so fun to hear. I look forward to returning.

    April 26, 2015 at 15:38

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