Thursday, 19 September, 2019

Dozens killed in Papua New Guinea tribal unrest

Aerial shot of Papua New Guinea's Buka Island At Least 16 Women Children Killed in Tribal Massacre in Papua New Guinea- Reports Screenshot ChrisEvanFilms
Patty Aguilar | 11 July, 2019, 10:44

A plea for worldwide help tonight, from a community leader in Papua New Guinea's Highlands, after at least 16 people, including children and pregnant women, were found massacred.

Early life and pregnant ladies folk are amongst those murdered in a tribal bloodbath in Papua Original Guinea's Highlands situation.

Tokura told the Associated Press that because two of the victims in Karida were pregnant, police put the death toll at 18.

Prime Minister Marape, who's from the house, said the killings had been led by gunmen from the Hagui, Okiru and Liwi tribes and said he would look out punishment for the people to blame.

The cause of the killings is not yet known but is part of a long-running conflict that has been active for years.

The country's highland tribes have fought each other for centuries, but an influx of automatic weapons has escalated the cycle of violence and made the battles more deadly.

PM James Marape called the news "one of the saddest days of my life", promising to track down the perpetrators.

Sixteen women and children were killed in the remote town of Tari in Hela Province, Papua New Guinea in an attack described by police as "barbaric and inhumane".

"It was retaliation of a previous attack".

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Numerous victims had been mutilated and were hard to recognize, according to local health officials. "It is an unbelievable, unthinkable and atrocious criminal act that must be dealt with swiftly and severely", Tokura said in a statement.

"How can a province of 400,000 people function with policing law and order with under 60 policemen." he wrote.

Hela provincial police Cmdr.

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

Traditional Papua New Guinea tribal dancers performing at the airport as they await the arrival of China President Xi Jingping in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, November 15, 2018. Communities are restful based entirely around tribal traditions and heaps little villages include never had avenue connections.

Tribal clashes are not unusual: rivalries are often caused by rape, theft or clan boundary disputes.

In 2018, an quake devastated some of the remote regions.

Papua New Guinea is amongst the poorest worldwide locations of Asia with about 40% of the population residing on lower than $1 a day, in conserving with the UN.

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