20 Oct 2014

Squatters expelled near main Vanuatu airport

4:18 pm on 20 October 2014

Police in Vanuatu have begun enforcing an eviction order against about 300 people living illegally near Port Vila's airport.

Reports say police have arrested ten people for erecting road blocks and cutting trees in a bid to stop the security forces clearing the settlement called Destination.

The eviction order came following an application by Efate custom land owners against settlers from other Vanuatu islands.

The acting police commissioner, Aru Maralau, says the force did not step in to destroy their houses because the residents willingly move out from the area.

One of the residents, Jeffrey Owen, says families who have no place to go have put their belongings on the main road while awaiting government assistance.

He says mothers and children are the most affected by the eviction order as they can now no longer go to school.

Port Vila international airport

Port Vila international airport Photo: RNZ