Fresh attacks on aid workers in PNG
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.