Bogainville nun urges government to help youth

1 11 2011

Kiriwina Islander children from Kavataria village, PNG. A Bogainville nun says the government needs to work towards helping disadvantaged youth. [AFP]
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Kiriwina Islander children from Kavataria village, PNG. A Bogainville nun says the government needs to work towards helping disadvantaged youth. [AFP]

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A nun who works with a Bogainville rehabilitation centre has called on the PNG government to do more to help disadvantaged young people.

The Lost Generation centre opens its doors to people who have lost parents in the Bogainville Civil War of the 1990s, and have turned to drugs and alcohol, or anti social behaviour to cope with their loss.

Sister Lorraine Garasu runs Chabai Nazareth, the only rehabilitation centre in Bougainville.

She’s told Radio Australia that the government is making a great effort to address the situation, but more needs to be done.

“They’ve been able to rehabilitate some infrastructure like schools and health centres, but the planning needs to be done at a level where you’re actually looking at addressing, what are the priority needs, like at the moment, psychologically, the trauma experienced by many Bouganvilleans has not been healed,” she said.

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