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July 26, 2021

Affected Settlers Woes

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Over 300 settlers, who lost their homes during a clash at Limki in Lae last month, say they are now in dire need of materials, to rebuild their homes.


They are calling on their local MPs and provincial authorities to step in and assist in their appeal. Many of these affected settlers are from Morobe Province, and other provinces.

These settlers are now living at a makeshift care centre, in the middle of the Limki settlement.


Education for most school-aged children has been affected. Their clothes, stationaries, and academic certificates, were destroyed in the fires.


Last month, 48 houses were burnt in a retaliatory attack, following the death of a young Chimbu man.


“There is no law and order enforcements in settlements, that is the reason why major law and order problems, are happening, says the Ward Councillor Eric Nul.


Many families are struggling to make their ends meet, their job references, cooking utensils and other valuable properties, were all destroyed.


Those who are finding it difficult are women and children.


They have been sleeping on the ground for the last month.  They use a common pit toilet, which could see a possible outbreak of disease in the area.


Jenny Bollo, a mother of three small children says, after losing everything, she finds it very difficult now, to bring her children to the nearest clinic when they are sick.


This is the result of a number of clashes within communities in Lae city, that have seen many innocent lives been affected.


Law and Order has been a growing concern in the city, and provincial authorities should consider conducting awareness in communities, to prevent such from happening.


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