PORT MORESBY SQUATTERS TO BE SENT HOME

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Mar. 2) - More than 600 people of Usino Bundi living in squatter settlements in Port Moresby will be repatriated home starting next week.

Member for Usino Bundi Peter Yama met with these people yesterday and gave the assurance that the first 50 will leave on a chartered aircraft next week and the rest will follow in the next couple of months.

The repatriation exercise will cost an estimated K100,000 (US$32,000).

There were tears of joy from the people who have lived in the squatter settlements and found it difficult to return to their homes.

Yama said there were major development projects taking place at Usino Bundi including the Ramu Nickel project, a gold mine, cardamom and coffee projects, and he wanted the people to be part of it.

Most of the Bundi people being repatriated are living in squatter settlements at Sabama, 6, 8 and 9 Mile, Morata and Gerehu.

Yama encouraged them to go back home instead of living in the city with children growing up and not knowing their home.

March 3, 2005

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