Loniu people set example for Manus helping Manus

In the photo are people of Loniu village in Manus helping to load a boat with water for their drought stricken island.

Loniu village is on Los Negros island, adjacent to Manus Island and cut off by the narrow Loniu passage. They have a local water supply system drawing water from the underground water system.

"It is our blessing so we will share it free with others. Islands with a severe water problem can be assisted free. It is the Manus way,” said Mr Songayeu Pochelep, a prominent Loniu villager.

He stressed it is important that other Manus areas not affected by drought should help others who are affected. "We cannot rely on the Government too much as the system is too constrained,’’ he said.

David Putulan