A trekking guide in Papua New Guinea has cast doubts on the claims of Matthew Iovane and Michelle Clemens, who claimed they were tied up, stripped naked and attacked while walking the country's famous Kokoda Trail He wrote: This begs the question as to how the clothing they were wearing on the helicopter at Alola village miraculously reappeared after their semi-naked trek from Templeton’s Crossing when, according to their own account, all their possessions had been stolen.'He told the website: 'He is trying to clearly protect his business.The truth is on the global news and from the police officials describing what happened.She talks in Tok Pisin about how she felt alienated after her father, an accountant, was wrongly sent to prison, and how her mother could no longer afford to send her to school, although she had been doing well.She says that she began to smoke, drink and had an affair with a married man, and that she gave birth to a daughter when she was only 15 years old.She also says they need more sensitization workshops especially for youth leaders to increase their skills, and she would like to see the setting up of Youth Friendly Health Services, where young people can get specialized attention for sexual health matters, including HIV/AIDS and STIs, without having to go to the hospital, which can sometimes be intimidating for young people. She has recently started to take anti-retroviral drugs, which are free, but presently only available at the central hospital in the capital and in the other major city of Lae.Samilo on her part says she will continue with her HIV/AIDS awareness work. She explains that she has developed asthma and last year she suffered from tuberculosis and pneumonia. Besides her commitment to her works, she also has her dreams.She smiles and says, “one day I would like to have a husband.
Since mid 2000, HIV/AIDS has been the leading cause of death among young adults in the Port Moresby General Hospital.
HIV/AIDS is also discussed in the school’s quarterly parents and teachers’ meetings.
Kenny says that they still need to do much more work amongst young people, but the problem is transport to reach the more remote areas.
She stands in front of a crowd of about 30 young men, women and youth gathered at a market place in Burns Peak, a poor settlement on the outskirts of the capital Port Moresby, where unemployment and violent crime are high.
They all listen wide-eyed as Samilo tells them that she is HIV positive. But Samilo, who is dressed casually in trainers, khaki trousers and T-shirt, continues to chat confidently, regardless.
Crime is on the increase and gender violence is rampant.