More Concerns On Lae Evictions

Two mothers at Lae’s admin compound, have raised concerns regarding eviction notices that were served last month.

They said they had lived almost 50 years in the area, and evicting them at short notice is unacceptable. Evictions were supposed to take place today, however, nothing happened at all the illegal settlements in the city.


In this settlement, the families of government officers who have served the province before and since independence are living. Many have lived in the community for many years, and had seen their own children and grandchildren growing up in there.


After all those so many years, many said it would be very hard for them to leave a place they call News. As the name says, it was a compound for government officers. After the officers passed on, their children lived on in the community.


Some had the land given to them after several floods threatened government houses next to the Bumbu River. Evictions were supposed to happen at three illegal settlement areas in Lae today, however, nothing happened.


Provincial authorities went silent after issuing eviction notices last month.

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