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Manus, an island province of Papua New Guinea with a land area slightly smaller than the island nation of Samoa, has had its fair share of challenges.

Manus, located just two degrees south of the Equator, is often associated with its colourful garamut dancing, unique green snails, friend sago, and fish but recently has been in the mass media due to the controversial Australian government-funded detention center.

Even now, with the announcement of the Australian government-funded AUD$175 million redevelopments of the Lombrum Naval Base, the Manus name is getting all the talk again.

But away from all the limelight and the hype these past years, it has been the ordinary farmer, fisherman, and market mamas living in rural villages who have been resilient through it all.

The simple Manusians are helping themselves and herself in the best they can on their land and the sea they live in.

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