Communities have taken matters into their own hands in the “absence of law and order policing”, Papua New Guinea’s Police Minister says, following the burial of the victims of a brutal tribal massacre in the country’s Highlands this week.
Earlier this week, at least 18 people — mostly women and young children — were slaughtered in the Highlands’ Hela province, including unborn babies of two women who were believed to have been pregnant.
“People need to realise that as our institutions are collapsing, the viciousness on a community level is getting worse,” Police Minister Bryan Kramer said today.
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Update #1: 23 Dead in Papua New Guinea Tribal Massacres (VOA)
Update #2: UN condemns PNG massacre, calls for protection of human rights (SBS)
WNU Editor: These tribal conflicts have been brewing for a long time in Papua New guinea.