Community pleads for support from leaders

Lae News, Normal

A LEADER of the Menyamya community residing near Sumuampon village at Rumion, in the Leron Plains of Markham valley is urgently calling on provincial leaders to assist with food and shelter.
Ronny Ben, a senior teacher at Rumion’s Noha Community School, said his people needed urgent assistance from the governor, provincial administrator, Huon district administrator and Wampar LLG manager because they are in desperate need of food, shelter and clothing.
Mr Ben’s plea follows the burning down of all their 25 houses of bush and semi-permanent material by angry landowners from Tararan village last Thursday night – a day after a young man from their village was found dead along the highway.
“Our food gardens were destroyed. Even our poultry are missing,” Mr Ben added.
Mr Ben said currently more than a hundred people, including women and children are sleeping on the grass without adequate shelter.
Tararan councillor Timothy Luke said the Huon district administrator, and MP as well as the governor should consider “the fact that within this year alone there have been three murders within the Wampar district and they must look at ways to solve these issues”.
He didn’t comment on the death of the young man “because it was currently under police investigation”.
Mr Ben, who claims to have settled on purchased land, said police had asked the community to provide a detailed report of what they have lost. 
According to his estimation the loss of the houses and belongings were worth more than K31,000.