Profile Source: GMI Papua
Introduction / History
The Aghu primarily live by fishing, gathering sago, hunting, and logging eaglewood in the swampy lowlands of their area. With their land at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level the Aghu people can best be accessed by boat. Most villages are located along the Digul River.
The women primarily gather food and garden some. The clothing people wear is usually modern but rarely washed. The people eat fish, sago, and vegetables. The Aghu use knives, axes, and shovels in their daily life. Houses are generally formed by wooden posts, walls are made of branch stems or boards, thatched leaves or sheets of zinc. There is not much for infrastructure in the area but there are some generators and a community satelite TV. The people get their drinking water straight from the river, wells, or rains. Malaria, cholera, and dysentery are common but there really aren't any health clinics to take care of the people. The Aghu people have no gospel cassettes or videos in their language.
The Aghu are sometimes known as the Djair or Dyair people. They prefer to be called Dyair or Awyu.