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PNG archbishop suggests national service to curb crime

Archbishop Brian Barnes of Port Moresby has called on the country's government to introduce national service, to curb increasing lawlessness in the country.

He said that serious crimes including murder, rape, theft and illicit drug-use are reaching epidemic levels and must be addressed immediately.

The Archbishop believes compulsory military service for young men would reduce crime.

"We have crime which is growing, which is getting worse, and is particularly bad in Port Moresby, and the other major towns and cities, like Lae and Mt Hagen particularly," he said.

"But it's widespread all over PNG. There are, for example, cases of rape and attempted rape and pack rape, in many outlying areas of PNG.

"This has been so for some time. You could say we perhaps have an epidemic of rape cases."

PNG catholic archbishop suggests national service to curb crime (Radio Australia 24/9/04)

In Port Moresby, where violence and crime among youth is rampant, Salesian missionaries intend to build a new Marian shrine dedicated to "Our Lady Help of Christians" to be a haven of peace and a place for education to solidarity and non-violence (Fides 20/9/04)

27 Sep 2004