Last night, we (a group of friends who started our sisterhood from our days at UPNG 2005-Present) decided we had to do something tangible to show our support to the students who risked their education to speak up for us.
We cooked, found out where the displaced students were located and delivered the food to them. 50+ students currently housed by the AOG Jubilee campus at Rainbow, and 22+ girls housed at the AOG Cornerstone church in Gordon’s.
The student rep told us a heart breaking story of how they were chased back,cursed and shot at all the way into their dorms (resident halls) like criminals. He said with a trembling voice how they feel terrified of going back with the heavy police presence because those dorms were their homes away from their real homes outside Port Moresby, and if they can be chased back there and shot at by the Police, what other guarantees do they have of their safety?
He then apologized to us and a group of other parents who also went to donate cash and kind to them, saying “sorry,we thought we were doing right by our country,now we have burdened our parents and you all”. We told them not to apologize, what they did was patriotic and commendable and that we would have done the same,had this occurred in our era. Now we have families, work etc etc…we support them but how can we show our support other then commenting on posts in the social media?
WELL THIS IS HOW! GO TO THEM IF UR IN POM, SIT DOWN WITH THEM AND HEAR THEIR STORIES WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN PUBLISHED IN PAPERS. SUPPORT THEM IN CASH AND KIND,SOME OF THEM HAVE RELATIVES IN THE CITY BUT THEY DON’T WANT TO BURDEN THEM,THEY FEEL ITS THEIR FAULT! ITS NOT THEIR FAULT,THEY BECAME OUR VOICE,WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT THAT??
These kids need our support, they need us to hear their stories,they need to know and feel that we care and we support their cause. If there are any other groups of students housed anywhere else in the city apart from the above two locations, please comment here so the public can know and support them in whatever way we can.
No one had dry eyes in our visit yesterday, its heartbreaking, not only that they’re displaced like that, but worse is their state of mind. If we have police who can chase us into our homes and shoot at us, we should be as terrified of living in a state that allows this to happen just like them.
ITS NOT THEIR FAULT!!! They need to know that!!