The National – Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Listeners of the family show on FM 100 will have more to live, love and laugh about when the two new serial dramas on social change are aired live for the first time tonight and will continue every Tuesday and Thursday at 8.30pm.
The series would have a two-year run with the Tok Pisin series “Nau em taim” and English series “Echoes of change” would follow in three storyline segments.
Each of these parts follow three separate transitional characters through the trials and tribulations of the characters’ lives as they face daily struggles ranging from poverty, violence, family size, educational barriers, land ownership and destruction, the downward spiral of drinking and drugs, HIV/AIDS, and sexual behaviour decisions.
The Population Media Centre (PMC) and the United Nations (UN) had come up with the initiative to help the fight to raise the standard of living and protection of human rights for ordinary Papua New Guineans.
Speaking at the launchlast Saturday at the Ela Beach Amphitheatre, UN representative and head of UNFPA in PNG, Asger Rhyl, extended his appreciation to PMC and other sponsors which included Population Services International (PSI), the David & Lucille Packard Foundation and Colgate- Palmolive for their support.
He said women and children were categorised as a vulnerable group and UN was committed to addressing multiple issues the group was faced with and to have a positive impact in each area.
“Poverty impacts almost the entire population and it is worsened by a rapidly expanding population, high rates of gender-based violence, lack of excess to education, and a growing HIV/ AIDS epidemic.”
“All of which are barriers to achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” he said.
Meanwhile, PSI representative Cyndi Robinson said it was a privilege to have a radio series that highlighted the issues of the country and the need for change.
“Everybody likes a good story and by having this two radio dramas bringing out those social issues through the experiences of the characters, people will talk about it,” she said.
She said many people could not afford to have access to a television set and “radio was so much more accessible” from the urban to the rural parts of the country.
Meanwhile, Mari Karukuru, who plays the character Nini in the English segment, said it would be a great drama and educational entertainment for the whole family to listen to the stories of the silent majority who continue to suffer in silence and learn from these.
“It happens and it is real and I play the character by using my imagination and putting myself in the situation,” she said.
Karukuru explains her story of Nini, a 27-year-old housewife who depends entirely on her husband’s income.
“It’s a never-ending abuse that she has to go through as she is seen as a sex object by her violent reckless husband, Lobby.
“There is no family planning and because of the bride price paid by the husband she has no choice and is used and abused by Lobby whenever he has to.
“Nini tries to change things through the difficult circumstances and being a mother and a wife, she needs to be treated with respect”.
Karukuru has been with PMC for four months and said out of the 206 episodes, they had been able to complete six.
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