THIS ARTICLE IS ABOUT THE STREET PEOPLE, but there is more. Without addressing the root causes you will be like Sisyphus pushing a large rock up a big hill; he never reached the top and neither will you.
Other countries have gone through much worse; both before and after their rural societies broke down. We appear to becoming worse.
Those social breakdowns mainly happened before modern times. Back then, leaders could be excused because there were no good examples to light their road ahead.
A million Irish, from eight million, died in the Great Famine; the British leaders considered them to be rabble and animals and not worthy of serious consideration. Certainly unlikely to become President of the USA.
I worry that our leaders have much the same attitude to our poor and dispossessed. They drive around Port Moresby in dark glass and do not see the poor.
If brought to their attention, the politicians may shed a few crocodile tears and move on. The dispossessed govern themselves in their suburbs where police dare not go unless in great strength.
Many of these people end up in Port Moresby at the bottom of a poverty sink because there are little or no services available in their villages.
The government does twitch sometimes and deposits a little development project or a bit of road maintenance; then there is no follow up.
After 38 years there is still no road to Garaina. There is no road to Wau, Biaru, Waria, Kunimaipa. Menyamya has a hopeless road; the Defence force at Igam has not been tasked to find an alternative route. So Menyamyans are building other districts than their own.
A kind government and people could assist the present mass of poor and dispossessed; however without roads and services further masses of poor and dispossessed will arise.
The mass of people have to be lifted up to a level of economic return that will encourage residence in the villages of PNG and give incentive to many of the residents in the town poverty traps to return to a rural life – if they are still equipped so to do.
A road to Woitape would give access to Kokoda and Popondetta, to Kunimaipa and Wau to Lae. Some of our leaders have been convinced by major loggers to locate the road to Port Moresby via Kerema. There is a lot of swamp and mosquitoes there; timber too. But the road would services few people.
We should demand services, not bandaid fixes. Ameliorate the present problems and make sure that new generations of street kids get a better chance by giving the villagers a certain hope for an improved future.