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 Commonwealth Youth Award winner Thompson Auri

Softly-spoken and humble, Papua New Guinean Thompson Auri exudes a quiet confidence and an ease in village life. So the news of his selection as the Pacific's Commonwealth Youth Award winner came as a pleasant surprise, which is shown in the wonder in his eyes and wide smile as he struggled to express his feelings.

"I was shocked. I mean, I couldn’t believe it. I was overwhelmed with emotions and speechless," Auri said. "I was in a remote village doing some airstrip service. When I . . .

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