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March 4, 2021

Welfare Dilemma

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One nine year old boy and his step brother are being held against their will by Welfare officers in Port Moresby.

This is according to Captain Fred Martens, the biological father of the 9 year old.

Captain Fred Martens said his children were abducted and kept in a rural village in Morobe by his former partner until they were rescued by law enforcing agencies.

Captain Fred is not new to the country; he spent 39 years in PNG as a pilot and businessman.

In 2006, he was wrongly imprisoned in Australia on false rape charges. After spending one thousand days in Lotus Correctional Centre, he was released when new evidence proved he was not in PNG at the time of the assault.

For six years, the boys have been leaving in Morobe under some of the worst conditions one could ever imagine.

Medical examination on the two boys carried out by Dr Teddy Ben at the St John Clinic in Gerehu revealed that both boys have Pneumonia, lack nutrition and have multiple scars over their entire body.

Despite all necessary docuMen’s presented to Welfare Officers in Port Moresby and Lae, the Welfare Director in Port Moresby said the search warrant issued by welfare officers in Lae was invalid and the boys were taken back by welfare officers. 

The fight is far from over, in the last two weeks despite numerous attempts Captain Martens took to meet with Religion, Youth and Community Minister Louzaya Kouza, he was unsuccessful.

He was also denied the opportunity to discuss the welfare of his children by welfare officers as they told him they were too busy doing other things.


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