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Papua New Guinea

Tribal fighting leaves nine dead in Chimbu

BY PATRICK NIATO TOM

A tribal fight in the Gomgale area of south Chimbu has left nine people dead.

Many people including women, children and the old people are homeless and seeking refuge in the bushes. All government infrastructure were also destroyed and services halted.

Willie Kolua Kopi a pastor and Nebiku clan leader said the tribal fight is continuing and so far all government services have been shut down and forcing women and children to seek medical treatment and other essential services elsewhere passing through the rugged mountains and terrains.

He said schools in the area include Bilinki Elementary and primary schools were also closed forcing many students to remain at home or flee to other villages seeking better opportunities.

“Around six villages have been destroyed and many families have been left homeless and properties worth million of kina were destroyed,” he claimed. Mr Kopi is also calling on the elected leaders of the province and the ministers appointed including the governor to arrange police and PNG Defence Force to intervene to stop the fight before it gets worse.

He said the warring tribes are using high powered weapons and this is making it difficult to stop the fight, but with the help and presence of the security forces will have some effects.

The fight is between the Kopan Mulugon, Kopau Kenku, Puri Delku tribesmen and the Nebiku, Ainna Ku and some Delku tribesmen join force with the Nebiku and Ainna tribesmen in the fight.

The fight erupted after a son of a ward member was chopped to death during the April parliamentary VONC sitting to appoint a new Prime Minister.

And the deceased was killed after returning from watching the broadcast live on TV. This led to the tribal fight in the isolated Gomgale area in Gumine District.

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