Fresh at­tacks on aid work­ers in PNG

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

14 Staff from two aid agen­cies have been at­tacked in the past week in Pa­pua New Guinea as vi­o­lence and tribal con­flict ham­pers the ef­forts of agen­cies as­sist­ing in earth­quake re­cov­ery.

A team of aid work­ers with the PNG Red Cross was robbed and as­saulted by armed as­sailants in Tari, a set­tle­ment in Hela prov­ince. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice and in­ci­dent re­ports seen by the Guardian, the group of eight was robbed by five peo­ple armed with shot­guns and ma­chetes.

They had been trav­el­ling to Tari, through Hela prov­ince, an area that has seen a re­cent es­ca­la­tion in vi­o­lence. The as­sailants as­saulted and robbed them. One man was hit with a ma­chete.

The fol­low­ing day a team of Unicef work­ers was at­tacked in the South­ern High­lands, with at least one per­son be­lieved to have sus­tained in­juries.

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