What happens to inmates’ children?

A female inmate at Bomana is calling on Child Welfare services and other Government organisations to look into the welfare of children they leave behind when they go to prison.

Olivia Warome was sentenced to prison last month where she is serving a sentence of 9 years.

The 30-year-old from Watabung village in Daulo district, Eastern Highlands, left behind two children to go serve her sentence.

She has a six-month-old infant currently in her care at Bomana however, she is raising concerns about her other children.  

She said most times the children they leave behind have their rights breached.

“They are not going to school, maybe they are not eating well,” stated Warome.

She made these comments when interviewed by this newsroom at Bomana during a donation visit by the PNG Children’s Foundation.

The foundation responded to the plight of mothers and their children after they were featured in the media following a jail visit by Justice Panuel Mogish last week.

The foundation donated sleeping materials, food and clothing items for the two infants who are separately housed at the female wing.

Warome’s fellow inmate, Ellyn Jack, has her one-year-and-three-months-old child with her as well.

Both mothers were in tears yesterday and had nothing but heartfelt thanks for the kind but timely gesture.

Sally Pokiton