NATALIE WHITING | ABC News Extract
PORT MORESBY - Tears roll down Rose Maino's cheeks as she describes the past few weeks of her life.
The grandmother is among a group of families whose homes have recently been bulldozed. She sits behind a big patch of dirt where the houses used to be and cries.
"Everything from the house has been buried into the ground. I've made a tent and I live in it," she said.
"My grandchild also died, we buried my grandchild last week."
Another resident, Dickson Theophilus, says they were only given a day's notice.
"There used to be seven houses here, all these houses they are no longer here," he said.
"They demolished them with big machines.
"We have nowhere to go."
The houses were cleared to allow for the road they were built alongside to be expanded into four lanes.
Even the people who still have their homes are living in poverty.
It is a 10-minute drive from Sabama, where they are living in tents, to APEC Haus, the magnificent venue built off the coast of Port Moresby where the world's leaders will meet this week for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Summit.
The Governor of the National Capital District, Powes Parkop, told the ABC the road is expected to be extended to four lanes after the APEC summit, when funding is available.
He said he regrets families have been affected, but it's only those who have encroached on land reserved for the road.
The residents deny they were encroaching on the planned road and say they feel abandoned.
"The leaders are giving more attention on the APEC, and they've forgotten us," Mr Theophilus said.
"They demolished us, they just destroyed everything.
"More attention is given on APEC, we are suffering here."
There is a sense of excitement in Port Moresby as the country gets ready to host APEC; it's a significant moment for the developing nation.
But in a country where poverty is rife, medication shortages are biting and there's just been a polio outbreak, some people are struggling to square their day-to-day lives with the money being spent on the summit.