Port Moresby: Street Kids’ Survival

By Vasinatta Yama – EM TV, Port Moresby

There is an increase in the population of street children in Port Moresby.

Most of them come from broken families or at the least, have no mother or father.

Street kids are a term for children experiencing homelessness who live on the streets of a city. Many of those children have a home, including living with their relatives or friends, and yet they love hanging around on the streets, selling store goods to earn their income.

Many of them are boys aged six to 16 years old.

With the upcoming events that Papua New Guinea will be hosting next year and in 2018, Port Moresby is seeing growing economic development.

The 2015 budget, passed in November, has seen much of the money allocated to the upgrading of facilities and roads.

Petty crime is also increasing in Port Moresby. National Capital District Police Superintendent Andy Bawa has warned the public to take precautions.

Meanwhile, Peter Nicolas is seven years old, but he’s very clever in street sales. Peter is from Goilala in Central Province, and is the last-born of a family of six. He is currently living with his parents at the Six Mile settlement.

He sells socks and cotton ear buds, and earns money to provide food for his family.

Many of the children said their only way to make fast sales is to wash in the morning and dress up neatly to attract customers.

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