5 Aug 2002

Most families in Honiara said to be living below the poverty line

11:14 am on 5 August 2002

A religious leader in Solomon Islands says most families in Honiara are living below the poverty line.

The Director of the National Ecumenical Youth Programme of the Solomon Islands Christian Association, Reverend Gideon Tuke, says most families find it difficult to manage as a result of the continual influx of people into Honiara.

He says that almost every boat trip to Honiara brings people form the provinces into the capital.

Solomon Islands Radio quotes Reverend Tuke as saying these people do not normally have work and end up living with family and friends in already over crowded homes.

He urges those who have nothing to do in Honiara to return to the villages and help cultivate the land.