Street kids in PNG's capital to be moved on

1:56 pm on 21 April 2015

Homeless children on Port Moresby streets will be removed in the lead up to the Pacific Games held in Papua New Guinea capital.

The Post Courier newspaper reports the children will be temporarily housed in shelters, as part of a long-term plan to rehabilitate them.

The international organisation World Vision is joining with the National Capital District and others to remove the children, in accordance with a new law.

Hanuabada, the original village of Papua New Guinea's capital city Port Moresby inhabited by the Motuan people; with the CBD in the background.

Hanuabada, the original village of Papua New Guinea's capital city Port Moresby inhabited by the Motuan people; with the CBD in the background. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

The Lukautim Pikinini Act allows the NCDC's urban youth desk to conducting profiles of all the street kids and those found to have no parents will be taken off the streets and referred to non-government organisations.

Those with parents will be taken back home.

The Post Courier reports if the programme is successful it could be replicated in other towns and cities.

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