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Date Posted: 12:26:30 10/14/03 Tue

Cowboy town Banz

BANZ, Western Highlands province, is deteriorating fast through sheer negligence and irresponsible attitudes of so-called law enforcers, and local leaders. It is becoming a grog centre where homebrew (steam) is sold openly on roadsides and the markets.
Drunks create havoc, street fighting, both men and women, are a daily occurrence, pick pocketing, unheard of in the past, is booming, unregistered vehicles are a common sight, and aliens from Southern Highlands, Enga and Chimbu have started squatting on State land.
Sadder still is the fact that members of the police force, especially the auxiliary, are openly participating in homebrew and gambling sessions. Are their superiors condoning their actions?

Deeply concerned,
Mount Hagen, Western Highlands

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[> Subject: Re: Combined efforts to solve it.

Randa Eplem.
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Date Posted: 13:54:57 10/14/03 Tue

C.K thank you for putting up the posting for the benefit of some of us who did not see it. What has been stated are all facts that one can not deny.
I had cut & paste below an article from the p.s on efforts made by some Youths from N.Waghi to stay away from this illicit activities.
It is a positive step forward but needs combined efforts from all sectors to compat these growing problems.

From P.Courier.

YOUTHS from North Wahgi in the Western Highlands Province have rehabilitated themselves and are staying away from illicit drugs following a drug awareness program.
Fight against Illicit Drugs and Alcohol Abuse (FAIDAA) is a group that carries out drug abuse awareness campaigns.
FAIDAA Inc was established in April 2002, to fight drug abuse within the Banz and Jiwaka areas.
The main aim and objective of the organisation is to educate, and ensure that the youth of today are fully informed of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.
In most areas common harmful substances are marijuana and steam beer. executive director James Sakul said they have carried out many awareness programs covering all parts of the electorate and they have realised that many people have rehabilitate themselves.
“But the problem is widespread,” he said.

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