How many kids go missing in Papua New Guinea every year?

  • There would have been some teary moviegoers from last night’s second screening of the movie Lion. No doubt there will be more teary eyes this weekend as we expect Paradise Cinema to be jam packed to watch this much awaited film.

    The movie is based on Saroo Brierely – a five year old Indian child who gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo ends up in an orphanage and ultimately ends up being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

    New York Times reporte A.O.Scott summed up the movie in his review: If you have ever been a child, raised a child, lost a child or met a child — or any of the above with respect to a mother — this movie will wreck you.

    The movie is, essentially, in two parts. The first part takes the audience on Saroo’s journey in India and the second part – his journey back to his home town.

    Papua New Guineans would have most likely heard of Saroo’s story when he was interviewed in Australian television programme 60 Minutes. Since then, many have been anxiously awaiting for Lion to be screened.

    While the early part of the movie seems to focus on Saroo’s journey from his home town to the orphanage, it’s clearly visible to see the problem India faces with poverty and missing children.

    At the end of the movie, it was said that approximately 80,000 children go missing every year.  That is a staggering amount and indeed a serious concern.  India’s population in 2013 was around 1.3 billion.

    This got us thinking about the number of missing children in Papua New Guinea every year.  How many Papua New Guinean kids go missing every year?  Do we have any statistics to indicate what percentage of people love in poverty and an estimate of the number of children that go missing every year?

    It’s hard to figure out what the situation is in Papua New Guinea because of the lack of data and research in this area.

    If you know of any information in this area, please drop us a note at

    In the meantime, you can watch the movie Lion at Paradise Cinema which is screening now. Check the schedule here.

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