The National – Thursday, December 23, 2010
THE Bulolo town council and a private donor who did not want to be named, have given K18,000 worth of goods to be distributed among the more than 2,000 residents of the Bulolo care centre.
The businessman supplied bales of rice, cartons of noodles, and tinned food on Tuesday morning.
The gift, just three days before Christmas, was a welcome relief for the centre’s residents.
They have been suffering from lack of rations since they camped there in April.
Most of the residents are Sepik settlers who were blamed by local landowners from the neighbouring villagers for being the cause of major troubles that had claimed lives for more than 30 years.
Their initial stay was funded by the Bulolo district administration and the PNG Forest Products, but when it was prolonged for more than three months, the quantity of supplies had declined.
The people are now selling cigarettes and betelnuts to make some money for food.
Residents of the centre said the rations would not last after Christmas.
Wau-Bulolo mayor Jack Nawi said the councillors had passed a resolution that with the little money they had they would help support the care centre.
“This is not a care centre. It has now turned into a prison camp because life is very hard,” he said.
He raised his concern to Bulolo MP Sam Basil and the Morobe Governor Luther Wenge to help and support the people in the care centre and to also make wise decisions in supporting the people in the care centre.
He also asked the people of the care centre, espcially the young people, to behave so that it would make it easy for the leaders to create peace and and also in supporting them.