Wednesday, 23 October, 2019

More than 20 killed in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape has vowed to crack down on tribal violence Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape has vowed to crack down on tribal violence
Steven Clarke | 11 July, 2019, 10:46

Tribal violence has killed 23 people, including pregnant women and children, in Papua New Guinea's highlands region.

In step with the Post-Courier newspaper, the attacks took residing on Saturday and Sunday with six people killed the major day and 16 - including two pregnant ladies - in a retaliatory assault the next day.

"Gun-toting criminals, your time is up", Marape said.

Police, and soldiers have been sent to Papua New Guinea's highlands to make arrests and provide security after more than 20 people, mostly women and children, were slain in recent tribal violence over a feud that has lasted for years, officials said Wednesday.

"My electorate in Hela Province hosts LNG and power transmission line for Porgera gold mine and since 2012 I have been requesting for more permanent police yet Konedobu police headquarters has not supported me", Mr Marape said.

William Bando acknowledged he had now called for on the least 100 extra police to pork up the prevailing 40 local officers.

While it is not yet clear what the exact circumstances were that led to the massacre, Hela Governor Philip Undialu told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday, the motive behind the killings could be in retaliation for an earlier incident in another village.

"I wake up in the morning, go to make a fire in my kitchen, at the same time I heard the sound of guns, then I saw some of the houses they were burning, so I knew that enemies are already inside the village", Pimua said.

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Prime Minister Marape, a native of the region, says the perpetrators of the killings are armed men from the Hagui, Okiru and Liwi tribes.

Marape added that the province of up to 400,000 people could not have proper law and order with only 60 policemen and the occasional military patrol in the area.

How common is tribal violence in PNG?

Tribal clashes are now no longer outlandish with rivalries typically introduced on by rape or theft, or disputes over tribal boundaries.

In 2018, an natural disaster devastated some of the remote regions.

United States oil and gasoline firm ExxonMobil operates a pure gasoline processing plant within the space where the bloodbath took residing however halted construction on a pipeline final year thanks to unrest.

Papua Original Guinea is amongst the poorest countries of Asia with about 40% of the population living on lower than $1 a day, based entirely on the UN.

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