Balimo Cultural Group Stranded in Port Moresby

By Mickey Kavera – EM TV National News, Port Moresby

A cultural group from Balimo in the Western Province has been left high and dry in the nation’s capital.

They have been living at the Festival village at Waigani for the past four months without water and food.

Their immediate concern now is to be repatriated back home.  Stranded and worried, these group of men, women and children are desperate to go back home to Balimo in Western Province.

They travelled to Port Moresby after taking part in the Kenu and Kundu Festival in Alotau Milne Bay Province last year.

Since then, they have lived here at the festival village without sufficient supply of food and water. Many of them have fallen ill due to these appalling living conditions.

They are depending on their member for Middle Fly Roy Biama to come to their rescue. He initially arranged for their travel to Milne Bay for the Kenu and Kundu Festival, however, they are yet to hear from him.

It is still not clear what has caused the delay. According to the local member’s close sources, they are still awaiting funds to be released by the district administrator to repatriate the group.

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