A lot has been said about the toxic chemical spills into ‘Beautiful Madang’s’ Basamuk Bay seawater, but have you pictured how it might look like from how the people described it? Brace yourselves and look no further than the pictures in this article that have surfaced, taken by the people themselves using their mobile phones, to show you what they are currently treading on and living with.
This is how the sea looked in the last chemical spill in the month of March this year, and the Ramu Nickel Mine’s ‘Community Affairs’ officers bounced into the villages and told the people ‘Everything is ok’, and then left, the same way they arrived. Off course as you know, they’ve not produced any reports to back up their assurances – as usual.
The national government’s Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) workers are as useless in giving hope to the people, maybe far more worse than the Chinese Miners because as the people put it, ‘they are outright dumb’. They’ve been flying in and out of the province but as you may have already guessed, they’ve been residing at top hotels and when they are in Basamuk, they are stationed with the Chinese at the ever smoking processing site.
Now be reminded again that the DEC workers may be working for the government, meaning they’re getting paid with your tax money, but they’re also getting paid by ‘these toxic waste dumping’ Chinese, to ‘falsely’ attend to the problem, so long as they carry the ‘Department of Environment and Conservation’ name tag.
To be specific, one of the DEC representatives announced to a young girl he clearly admired, at Madang’s Krunget market that’s right in front of the Madang Resort last year, that the Chinese owned Ramu Nickel Mine is paying him K2000 a day, just for making his presence known. All he has to do is pretend to dive, then tell the villagers everything’s ok and then leave. He was still at the resort in Madang, not gone to Port Moresby yet to file a report on his findings when a story ran on the daily newspapers said nothing is wrong, everything’s ok.
So you see, these department of environment SALES workers are being used to scare people that they are ‘the government’ and that the government today will use its power to get the police to beat the people up and arrest them and even take them to court, if they decide to go further in proclaiming their rights to a better sea and environment.
You see, after four chemical spills so far, the toxic sediments have been building up on the sea bed, and is fast spreading to the people’s coastline, according to the latest on the ground reports. As seen in this photograph, this toxic waste is still red-ish in color though it’s been under water for some time now.
You see this is the sticky substance that gets stuck onto the people’s fishing lines and baits when they are dipped into the sea to catch fish. That being said, the best fish are said to be those that are usually on the seabed, attracted to the surface and caught using baits. Now what do you suggest these fish have been feeding on down there, before the people catch them and in turn consume them.
Their garden foods mysteriously drying up and getting sores all over, the reefs and fish are dying. Meanwhile the chemical spills are still happening and not investigated by anyone, not the government departments, and not even journalists, leaving these people in total isolation.
Tell me that you will touch the sea as red as it is in the photographs or eat fish caught from it. Tell me you will gladly swim and splash around in it. You have not the faintest idea of how these people, the people of Madang Papua New Guinea are coping with these toxic Chinese men-made changes. You may say it the Basamuk’s or the Madang people’s problem but it’s definitely coming your way with a different name and face, as the Chinese Developers.