Jo Chandler; 10/9/09
As a young mother living in a house on stilts outside Port Moresby – a long way from her Queensland home – Carol Kidu remembers weeping for what felt like the loss of her children. ”Because they weren’t my children, they belonged to the family” – to the clan she married into after falling hard for Buri Kidu, the exotic scholarship boy she met back in high school in Toowoomba, and who became Papua New Guinea’s chief justice. It took her some time to come to grips with the close embrace of traditional Papua New Guinea culture. But she came to realise that these tribal structures formed a safety net of extended family in a society in which there were few formal structures providing welfare or support.