Published: Thu, July 11, 2019

24 killed in Papua New Guinea tribal massacres

24 killed in Papua New Guinea tribal massacres

M - Pregnant women and children are among more than 20 people who have been killed in tribal violence in Papua New Guinea, according to reports, Sky news reports.

In one attack in Karida, fighters are said to have hacked to death six women, eight children, as well as two pregnant women, in a 30-minute rampage.

"Today is one of the saddest day of my life, many children and mothers innocently murdered in Munima and Karida villages of my electorate by Haguai, Liwi and OKiru gunmen", Mr Marape said in a statement on his Facebook page.

Hela Province's Governor Philip Undialu said the motive behind the killings was unknown but that he believed it was possible it was in retaliation for a previous incident, ABC news reported. Pictures showed the dead wrapped in clothes and laid by the side of a road.

Marape, who became leader in May, cited a lack of police on the ground as a major problem in a region that has for years grappled with violence, sometimes driven by disputes over the distribution of resource wealth.

"It modified into retaliation of a outdated attack. Both attacks were made in an innocent community where people were not expecting it and all of us are in a state of shock", he said.

Undialu said the particular trigger for the killings in Karida village, some 630 km (390 miles) northwest of the capital, Port Moresby, was not known but the violence was the latest flare-up of a conflict running for years. "Some chopped into pieces and hard to recognize (sic) their body parts".

Marape blamed the violence on an inadequate police force of fewer than 60 officers for a province of 400,000 people.

Numerous victims had been mutilated and were hard to recognize, according to local health officials.

How general is tribal violence in PNG?

The provinces of the highlands of Papua New Guinea are very remote. Communities are restful based entirely around tribal traditions and heaps little villages include never had avenue connections.

Tribal clashes are not unusual with rivalries often prompted by rape or theft, or disputes over tribal boundaries.

In 2018, an quake devastated one of the most essential distant regions.

ExxonMobil was forced to halt construction on a natural gas pipeline past year because of unrest.

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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