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September 22, 2021
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Hundreds Homeless after Being Evicted

It has been a day after the ATS evictions and loss of livelihoods.

Families are still coming to terms with losing their homes, businesses, and anything that was once treasured.

Today, women and children carried timber, metal sheets and posts to anywhere they can find as they waited, hoping to hear good news.

Community leader, Paul Kop, says the eviction came as a surprise on Tuesday, to a community that only had women and children at 2pm, while the men were out doing their selling or at work.

He said despite having the directive from Assistant Police Commissioner, Sylvester Kalaut, and the court order, the only missing document was the eviction notice that was not sighted as proof of eviction.

Paul says the majority of the people affected are from Southern Highlands, while others are from Morobe, Goilala, Chimbu, Enga and local Motu-Koitabuans.

While it is clear the eviction process would occur anytime, victims of the eviction say, at least a warning would have been given or eviction notice of one to two weeks.

This displaced community lost 400 blocks of 218 homes, 5 chicken projects that had a total of 6,000 chickens and 10 trade stores that are no longer to be seen.

Left vulnerable, mothers say, children that are attending secondary and primary schools in NCD, will not be able to attend.

A widow and mother of six, Regina Peter says the only asset that belonged to her family was the house her husband had built for her.

NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, is aware of the matter and has arranged some assistance.

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