Rainbow settlement in Port moresby, Papua New Guinea, where West Papuan refugees have squatted for years. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades
Many of them were either in the courts over the legality of their areas of residence while others had been issued notices for eviction.
A construction officer with the West Papuan Relief Association said the community’s spirits had been lifted by the National Capital District Commission’s allocation of 10 hectares in the Red Hills suburb of Gerehu.
Arnold Amba said the community was already clearing the land and fundraising for its development.
Mr Amba said getting some 200 families resettled would be an even bigger challenge.
“I want to message to the international organisations like UNHCR, the International Organisation for Migration and Foreign Affairs to to help us to support our program to occupy the new land. So we need help to move in on the new land.”