14 Jan 2004

Sanitation woes for evictees in the Papua New Guinea province of Madang

12:03 pm on 14 January 2004

In Papua New Guinea, a lack of sanitation is causing sickness among evicted settlers in makeshift settlement camps in Madang.

This follows the provincial government and police evictions of illegal settlers on government land last year.

A spokesman for the settlers, Paul Ropra, says there have been lots of complaints from displaced settlers about hygiene, with many getting sick - especially children.

"There is a real threat of sicknesses like typhoid and other things coming in on children and also women and the men cos they're not living in conditions that they were used to before the eviction, so it's totally a new make do type situation they are in. I wouldn't blame them if they get sick."

Paul Ropra