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Pigs for peace feast between tribes

Two tribes in Mendi, Southern Highlands Province, came together to mend broken relationship after three decades of tribal differences.

The Olu tribe of Teta village and the Omol tribe of Tente village met for the first time in decades.

In a symbolic gesture of forgiveness and brotherhood, PNG Kumul and PNG Hunters Wesa Tenza, along with Chief Morre Kiyo of the Olu clan in Teta village, shook hands to signify their commitment to moving forward.

To seal the peace deal peace, Tenza’s Omol clan presented 72 pigs and K50,000 cash to Chief Kiyo and his brother Yakumb Pinipin, representing the Olu tribe.

This offering was unconditionally accepted by the Olu clan, symbolising their willingness to let go of the past grievances.

The root of the conflict was a land dispute that had spanned three decades.

However, on Saturday, October 21, 2023, the two tribes agreed to put the issue behind them and focus on building a peaceful future.

As a part of this reconciliation, Tenza and his tribesmen have committed to promoting peace and participating in activities that will benefit their communities, such as sending children to school and engaging in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The handing over of the K50,000 and 72 pigs to the Olu clan marks a significant milestone in consolidating peace and harmony between the two tribes.

It represents a final step towards healing the wounds of the past.