Solomons aid groups accused of 'helping themselves'

Solomons aid groups accused of 'helping themselves'

Solomons aid groups accused of 'helping themselves'

Updated 30 March 2012, 14:30 AEDT

Residents and aid organisations in western Solomon Islands have called for strict measures to control the distribution of relief supplies for victims of the April 2 earthquake and tsunami.

A report by the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation alleges that some distribution agents are helping themselves to donated items instead of giving them out to the needy.

A spokesman from one disaster relief committee says it is time government authorities imposed strict monitoring rules to stop the theft of aid items.

Child tsunami survivors to receive counselling

A child protection specialist from New Zealand will arrive in Solomon Islands this weekend to help children cope with the aftermath of the tsunami.

World Vision New Zealand's Amalia Fawcett will provide psycho-social support to children and communities affected in Gizo, Simbo and Ranongga islands.

Ms Fawcett told the Pacific News Service that children are particularly vulnerable to fears of another tsunami or earthquake, and share in family stress, especially if they have lost their homes.

She says she will work with other relief organisations and Solomons Islands Government ministries to develop and implement a child protection program.

Ms Fawcett previously worked with children in Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake and in East Timor following unrest last year.