Archive for ‘Gaafar Uherbelau’

August 1, 2013


By Gaafar J. Uherbelau —-

How many times have you bounced in and out of a pothole in Koror or somewhere along the Compact road and wondered, “Eang honest, ng kol choingerang e te mo rulii sei el delluchel el mo ungil? Tirekal chad el oureor e uudeudel el meruul er tial rael te mekerang?” Now, I’m not criticizing those who fix the road because I’m sure they do the best they can. And the point is exactly that. They can only do the best they can with what they have. Maybe they only have enough funding and training to patch the pothole until they can permanently fix it.

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May 16, 2013

A Culture of One

The following is an inaugural article of a new Tia Belau op-ed column  “Ak kora di melekoi (I’m just saying)… by Gaafar Uherbelau —- 

It was about three years ago at the Belau National Hospital when I heard a woman complain about the cost of her daughter’s medical bill, which she had no choice but to pay. A few minutes later, at a nearby store, the same lady with daughter in hand came in while I was paying for gas. The little girl went to the fridge and got a can of juice and pulled on her mom’s shirt for her approval. She scolded the little girl and told her it was too expensive and that she’d already spent her money paying for her hospital bill. She then turned to the cashier and asked for two packs of cigarettes.

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