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A Faraway, Familiar PlaceAn Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea$
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Michael French Smith

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836863

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.001.0001

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Is Kragur Poor?

Is Kragur Poor?

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(p.66) Chapter 5 Is Kragur Poor?
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A Faraway, Familiar Place
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Michael French Smith

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.003.0005

In this chapter, the author shares his views about whether Kragur is a poor village. He takes note of some of the signs of poverty among Kragur villagers, from going barefoot and cooking over open fires to lack of indoor plumbing, bathing in the stream without soap or towels, and using only the glow of a fire to light their houses because they can't afford kerosene. However, he says a stroll through Kragur leaves one with more mixed impressions of the material richness of the people's lives. There is no doubt that the general welfare of Papua New Guinea's (PNG) people leaves a lot to be desired. According to the United Nations Development Program's Human Development Report for 2009, PNG ranked 148th out of 182 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI). However, the HDI doesn't into account access to land, starving in the streets, or simply getting enough to eat. The author also compares the general physical well-being of urban and rural people in PNG. Finally, he discusses water, sanitation, and health in Kragur.

Keywords:   poverty, Kragur, Papua New Guinea, Human Development Index, land, physical well-being, water, sanitation, health

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