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Displaced: Raising Children in Tents in the Heart of Lae

A pair of twin children and their parents are among a group of displaced people residing at Morobe Governor’s official residence in Lae.

The mother of the twins, Lyn Reni said she gave birth to her twin sons at Lae’s Angau Hospital in August last year following clashes between two groups at the Sialum compound.

The famiy has been living in tents for almost two years.

“It’s been hard but we try to get through,” said Lyn.

Twin brothers, Tidon and Rajowi, were born on August 10, 2016 at Lae’s Angau Hospital. They are now 5 months old.

This shelter is home to the twins and their family. This is where they sleep, eat and are comforted during bad weather.

The twins, their siblings and parents have been living in a tattered tent for almost two years.

There are currently more than 200 settlers including 45 children are camping here at Morobe Governor’s official residence at Top town in Lae.

The population continues to grow as women continue to give birth.

The living conditions here at the state house are far from homely. Sanitation at the camp remains a problem.

The settlers are still waiting for the Provincial Government to move them back to their original place of residence at Sialum Compound.

Earlier this month, Provincial Minister for Law and Order, Kiwas Nayos, said the Provincial Government, Disaster Office and Lae Police planned to move them back to their original place of residence by March this year.

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