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Mother accused of killing her own children

Mt Hagen, PNG — Police in Mt Hagen, Papua New Guinea, have arrested a mother who allegedly killed her three children and dumped their bodies in a river.

The National reports the children as one eight-year-old boy and two girls aged five and three.

Western Highlands police commander Superintendent John Sagom confirmed the mother, aged 29, has been charged with wilful murder.

Sagom said a similar incident happened about 10 years ago, in which a mother allegedly killed her four children and dumped them in a river.

That mother told police she drowned her children because her husband never looked after her and them.

Superintendent Sagom urged women facing domestic problems to seek help.

HALF OF FEMALE WORKERS SUFFERED PANDEMIC MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

A report by the Pacific's regional university on remote-working challenges faced by its female staff during the COVID-19 pandemic has found that over half of its female employees had their mental health impacted.

Only 267 of 766 female employees participated in the survey.

The survey, initiated by the women's wings of the Association of the University of the South Pacific Staff, also found that for more than 40 percent of female employees working from home was "an extremely stressful time."

Association chair Rosalia Fatiaki said the report's findings confirm that while many of USP's women employees had support from their families when working remotely, "others were left feeling very isolated."