Settlement residents aid highlanders

Lae News, Normal

The National, Monday 28th November 2011

A GROUP of good Samaritans have gone to the assistance of displaced highlanders camped at Igam Barracks.
The people from Nawaeb and Bundi camp settlements at Buimo road, Lae, brought food and clothing among other much needed items.
With support from the PNG Forestry Training College, the Papindo abattoir and churches in the area, the settlers  loaded six trucks with clothing, beddings, food and cooking utensils to take to the displaced families.
They were escorted by police to drop off
the K2,400 worth of goods.
While exchanging items, tears were shed as the displaced women, children and men hugged the donors.
The displaced people are yet to know their fate – either to be resettled nor repatriated by the Morobe provincial government.
The donors’ leaders Paul Pora, Alex Dawa, Plankus Miamel, Kagare Komane and Paul Bal were concerned that the issue caused by a handful of people (street sellers) had affected many innocent people.
They said the issue was severe and critical which the government had not responded swiftly to.
“The displaced people are Papua New Guinea citizens and require humanitarian assistance but the peace and good order
committee responded unfavourably,”  Bal said.
They urged the provincial peace and good order committee led by Joshua Hagai to involve community leaders
and find lasting solutions.