November 7, 2018

Refugees in PNG Capital sent back to Manus Island for APEC Security reasons

REFUGEES who are in Port Moresby will be sent back to Manus Island as part of security preparations for the APEC Leaders’ Summit in Port Moresby next week.

Already 21 who were brought to Port Moresby for medical reasons were sent back last week. Their repatriation is a precautionary measure by authorities after concerns were raised by some embassies during the APEC preparation phase several months ago.

Manus provincial police commander Chief Inspector David Yapu said 16 of the 21 refugees were flown to Manus on November 2, while an additional five were repatriated on November 3, 2018.

Mr Yapu said the 21 refugees are now accommodated at East Lorengau Refugees Transit Centre (RTC) at ward two, while 300 men are camped at West Lorengau Refugees Transit Centre at ward one.
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