Concerns raised on Youth and Family Issues in Communities

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By Patricia Keamo, EMTV Cadet Journalist – Port Moresby

During the SASA partnership signing this week at Morata, some of the community leaders highlighted common issues that are being faced by families and youths living in the Morata community.

A village court magistrate in Morata, Josephine Durua, says most of the cases she deals with are family related problems. One of the main challenges that community leaders in the area encounter almost every day is family related issues.
She says, most of the cases brought to the village court are of family or couples seeking to be separated.

Just like most other community or suburban with issues affecting them daily, the Morata community in Port Moresby have been facing issues related to Gender-Based Violence.

About fifty per cent of people with cases like that come to the village court and have their problems mediated, the rest chose other alternatives.

Another issue highlighted by Morata Community Policy Director, Alex Jafa, was the lack of discipline among the younger members in the family. He says this lack of discipline forces youths in the community to resort to other illegal activities.

Despite all that, Jafa believes that with the help of Population Services International and their SASA program, they can encourage the youths to take up the fight against Gender Based Violence.

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