Widow and Children Forcefully Evicted From Home

A widow whose husband previously worked for National Wether Service has been evicted fromthe house she has been living in for 15 years. Officers fromthe National Housing Corporation and security men forced Joyce Nuam out ofthe12th street house in Lae.

“I was at work and without my notice;they came into my house and removerd all my belongings… I came as soon as I heard but found out that some of my belongings were missing,they stole some of my stuff,” she said.


She spentthe night outside on a concrete footpath with her son and in-law after she was locked out.


“I was not given any eviction notice bythe Regional Manager… I was informed verbally that I have only three weeks to pack my belongings and mover out,” said Nuam.


It hasn’t been easy for this widowed mther of four. This isthe fourth eviction she had to endure,the stress affecting her health and that of her children.


Yesterday morning, workmen were sent tothe house to renovatethe property.


Mrs Nuam said she has been to court to try to establish who actually ownsthe property and wants to pay off whatever outstanding arrears her husband leftobut she has been unsuccessful.


Her lawyer saysthe National Housing Corporation has not been to court nor havethey helped to facilitate payments of outstanding rentals.


“They do not attendtheir cases and despitethe orders we get from district court which is still pending,they are going behind our back to removerthem,” saidthe lawyer.


The National Housing Corporation’s new Regional Manager was not available to respond on camera, but he said by phone that he was on his way to Port Moresby and would respond on Friday tothe concerns.


It’s also understood that Joyce Nuam has outstanding arrears of over ten thousand kina.

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