Port Moresby: the worst city

January 29, 2008 at 5:54 am (Uncategorized) ()

In 2004 Port Moresby was classified by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) as the worst city in the world to live in.

Unfortunately today the EIU again places Port Moresby last, sharing this position with Algiers. I wonder if this indicates that there has been no inprovement in the levels of poverty, crime, and health care in the city since 2004. 

Why is Port Moresby consistently considered so bad? Why does a nation with some of the finest people on earth produce a capital like this? It is certainly true that we should not judge a country by its capital.

In a week or so I shall be visiting PNG but only stopping over briefly in Moresby, before preceeding to the Sepik, so I probably won’t get a chance to  know what the city is really like.

I can’t help remembering my first visit to Moresby in 1955 when one was able to walk around the town in perfect safety at all hours, but then again, I do recall the curfew imposed on the local people and I realize that everything perhaps was not so rosy for everyone.

Mi man bilong wara Sepik tasol. Mi no save pasin bilong Port Moresby.

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