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Aug 8th 2012 9:51PM I think perhaps you didn't ask the right people about Port Moresby and Papua New Guinea. It has a bad name outside the Country, but very few people who actually come here hate it. I have lived in Port Moresby for five years and travelled right around PNG. I think it is a great place. I've never carried a weapon here and I've never had an issue. It's all about respect and attitude to break down barriers.
No they don't still eat people here! There are occassional sects of weird people who have been found to have boiled up someone in a pot etc. but these are very few and far between and let's face it every Country in the world has weirdos like this.
I would suggest speaking to the people at the American Embassy in Port Moresby about how bad life really is. I regularly see them at the various clubs having a good time, enjoying their social life and sinking a few of the local beers. Port Moresby and indeed Papua New Guinea is a lot better than many think.
I don't work for Exxon or a Government Department so I have a lot more freedom. I can walk the streets when and where I choose to, I can travell to out of the way places up and down the Highway etc. but even those under tight Government, Diplomatic or Company security protocols have relative freedom to move round the town at any time of the day or night and visit all the places most expatriates go and relax at the club.