via Papua New Guinea Mine Watch24 June 2013
By Arnold Jameson
‘Lusman’ in the PNG context may mean, a lazy person who preys onothers and what’s theirs. He/she owns nothing so he/she’s ready to take anything and everything, even at the expense of others suffering to make herself/himself look good. With that, the people of Karkar Island, the biggest island in the Madang Province of Papua New Guineasaid, “Yu Lusman!” to the Canadian-owned company Nautilus, for continuing to pursue mining the Seabed.
“Who do you think you are to walk in and take what we need for our survival for the gain of your stupid wealth games? The sea and everything in it is shared by us all who live by it, but you want to destroy it to benefit yourself with not a care in the world about how many of our men, women and children you will cold bloodedly murder.”
That’s from the people who were also frustrated with the PNG Government for thinking ‘money’ all the time, and not human lives.
“This is an invisible war that our Government miserably failed to see because of the greed for money to fill its own pocket. The Government that we trust and put in the ‘hausman’ (men house) to protect and defend us has sold us off to the enemy. We call you enemy Nauti-lusman, because you are willing to create a massacre out of us and you don’t care how that plays out for each one of us, so we will do what’s in our power to stop you,” they said. Of the 24, 000 signatures against the Experimental Seabed Mining, these people of Karkar Island signed the most.
Their question to the Prime Minister; If this is clearly going to cost our lives, is it still called development Mr Peter O’Neil?