PNG not in position to help

Letters, Normal

The National, Monday July 29th, 2013

 PNG in still in the process of being developed. Remote places, even some urban, areas still lack basic services. Do you not think it is bizarre that we have taken the responsibility for housing asylum seekers? Countries such as Australia or Britain are much more developed and better prepared to take care of these people. If we keep making PNG a dumping ground, what about our already rising population? What about the need for basic services or the rising sea level problem in Manus? How can we help others if we are still struggling to help ourselves? How could we give a cold shoulder to our wantoks from West Papua for so long, but quickly approve taking in asylum seekers? I am losing pride and confidence for my government.

Andrea B Brown, Port Moresby