THIS is the 16th year Manam islanders have lived in care centres in Bogia and there is still little and no effort from the Government about their resettlement.
We have heard words about help, Government funding, work on the resettlement site but nothing tangible is happening.
Those in the care centres are struggling to feed, clothe and shelter their families and provide for their children’s fees.
It is even more challenging when several host communities are rising up against the settlers.
Many lives have been lost over conflicts between settlers and host communities.
Some islanders have returned to the island because of hardships they faced on the mainland.
They know very well that it is not safe to be on the island at the moment.