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CrimeBARBARA ANGORO
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AUCKLAND - I read with great sadness and much anger and frustration about the death of a University of PNG student who was stabbed to death because he refused to hand over his phone to thugs.

Why? Why do such people think it’s OK to go around intimidating others for stuff they want?

A life cut short, a family who will miss their son, brother, friend, relative for the rest of their lives.

It makes me mad! Such senselessness.

Then there are those stories of every day harassment of the general public at certain hotspots in Port Moresby.

I read about commuters travelling on the Erima stretch of road, those who travel via Gordons, Two Mile and I feel angry and sad at the same time.

The people doing this thuggery are Papua New Guineans – a few Papua New Guineans I should add.

Again I ask, why? What has caused such moral decay in the capital city of this beautiful country of ours?

You go to rural areas and there are friendly, respectful people everywhere.

You come to the city and there is a growing number of people who have no respect for others.

This scares me. It should also scare all you other Papua New Guineans.

If we are not careful, our lives will be ruled by the minority who think the world owes them something, and if they don’t get it they will use violence.

I have a daughter, I’m a single mum and I worry all the time about our security when we return home after my studies.

Unfortunately most of the jobs I could see myself doing are based in Port Moresby, where I’ve never felt safe outside of my home.

Dear fellow Papua New Guineans reading this – you should and must care for what it happening in Port Moresby and some of the town areas in certain provinces.

I’m not sure what the politicians’ plan is for dealing with this apparent lack of law and order but something must be done – and soon.

It’s not good enough to keep telling people to avoid certain places at certain times to ensure they don’t get attacked.

In my opinion, I think it’s time to address the main issue: who is doing this, why are they doing it and how can they be stopped.

Again I say: Papua New Guineans we must care – now!

My thoughts and prayers to those who’ve experienced violence through thuggery, and RIP to all those innocent lives lost as a result. My heart goes out to the families.

Footnote

To those of you who’ve never been to PNG, it is a beautiful place with majority of the people who are the best. Unfortunately a few rotten ones spoil it for us all. For a true PNG experience, I highly recommend visiting the provinces. Port Moresby is not an accurate representation of PNG.

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Arthur Williams

Barbara - The pandemic of criminality has spread to all of PNG not just the urban centres.

My extended family has been violently run off land where to my knowledge they had lived for at least 120 years, and they claim going back many years before that.

Many hundreds of people, possibly thousands, have been dispersed outside their customary land.

There have been more than 100 murders on the island in the last five years but so far without investigation by the police.

Kavieng police had their barracks condemned and a lot of the staff had to be moved to Rabaul. Thus the district is undermanned and that is a reason not to do anything to bring criminals to justice. Of course there is no gold mine for the government to worry about.

About twenty of my group have been 'squatting' on the edge of Kavieng for too long and the traditional landowners are not happy on seeing this permanent settlement by another tribe on customary land.

I believe that there should have been the 'Broken Glass Project' which was once used to cut down blatant crime on the subway and streets of New York.

The mayor said there must be zero tolerance of even low level crime which if left unattended by cops only gives momentum to the window breakers to try and get away with slightly bigger crimes and so it snowballs into mayhem.

The ratio of PNG police per head of citizens has been far too low for a long time and looks like being so for some more years.

Only last week the Morobe Province police commander was telling us how outside of urban centres he only had 200 police for the rest of the huge province.

The simple maths of that means with shift work, days off and sick days the actual numbers of cops on the ground at any moment is ridiculously low.

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