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February 27, 2021
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Families Displaced over Erima Bridge Eviction

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More than 200 families have been displaced over the weekend in Port Moresby.

These are settlers who have been residing behind the Erima Bridge.

They are now asking on their local members to resettle them, as they have been sleeping out in the cold for the past few days.

The land behind the Erima Bridge is commonly known as Banana Block, and comprises of mostly two ethnic groups from the Highlands Region.

It has been home for some who have been residing in make shift and semi-permanent houses for more than 20 years.

However, recently, this land has been cleared.

Settlers who have been residing here are now left with just wooden frames and roofing iron. They have no food, water or clothing, other than what is left on their backs.

During the eviction, families were forced to sleep outside in the wet conditions, while others made shelter at a land behind the land they were previously living on.

It is understood the land belongs to the National Airports Corporation.

Meanwhile, National Airports Corporation told EMTV News this afternoon that the settlers are trespassing without their approval.

NAC Acting Director and Chief Executive Officer, Richard Yopo, in a statement, said the area has been a concern for them as it was a hot spot for criminal activities and not safe for travellers, employees and visitors.

The penalty for trespassing would be a fine of K10,000, or imprisonment for a term not beyond three months, or both.

He added that the National Airports Corporation will continue to ensure the airport and its grounds are safe and secure.

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