Tonight, a family was evicted from their home by the National Housing Corporation – the Government organization whose purpose is to provide affordable housing for Papua New Guineans.
Bafiguo Don, her children and her dad were forced out of their home late this afternoon. Bafiguo is the senior physiotherapist at Angau Hospital.
Her father said: “Mipla Morobe ya. How na ol rausim mipla olsem lo ples blo mipla?”
She has a current tenancy agreement signed with the National Housing Corporation. She was in the process of buying the old government house she was living in at 12th Street in Lae.
Yesterday, she attended a meeting called by Lae MP, John Rosso who met with 15 other families from the 3 Mile and 4 Mile area of Lae City. They were also evicted. Many don’t have the means to fight legal battles against the National Housing Corporation.
Bafiguo’s properties were put outside her former home. The locks to the gate were changed and all the plants around the house were cut down.
Her older children are still outside the house. We helped her take her valuable documents and smaller children to her office at the Angau Physiotherapy Department where they will spend the night.
This manner of evictions is a gross injustice to our own people. Where is the humanity? The justice system is expensive. The statement that justice is for all is a myth. The mamas and the papas at 4 Mile can’t afford a lawyer. They don’t trust the government systems. That is why they reached out to their political representative and the media for help.
Tonight, I sleep well in my home while another family suffers.
Again, I call for an investigation into the National Housing Corporation whose mission is to provide affordable housing to OUR people.