Churches Against Asylum Deal

The members ofthe Ministersfraternal in Lae have put up a strong opposition calling onthe government to reconsidertheir action.


“We don’t accept it; our Island of Manus is too small.”
The Ministersfraternal comprised of representatives of various Christian churches in Lae.


Vice President ofthe fraternal Newman Watapi says allowingthe Asylum seekers to enterthe country freely is opening doors to more problems.


“This issue is very sensitive that may add more problems tothe current problems we faced today such as law & order, ethnic clashes, tribal fights, homeless people, lack of health services, unemployed youths, roads and bridges deteriorating andthe list is endless.”

Speaking onthe nine network news Prime Minister Peter O’Neill meanwhile said it’s not going to be easy for Papua New Guineato cater for the refugees.


“It is not going to be easy, but of cause Papua New Guineais blessed with large landmass and a very small population”.

The concern also comes two weeks after a recent call bythe Hela Governor that seeks to ban ther religions in Papua New Guinea


That church head saysthe government mover has challengedthe freedom of Christianity.


They have also raised concerns over problems associated withthe future resettlement ofthe refugees.


WhilethPNG Government focuses on building bilateral ties with its neighbouring countries,the church head says Papua has its own internal backlog of problems that it’still needs to deal with.


Pictured: Vice President ofthe MinistersFraternal, Newman Watapi.

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