ETHNIC VIOLENCE FLARES AGAIN IN THE SOLOMONS ISLANDS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (August 31, 1999 – Radio Australia)---Ethnic violence has flared again on Guadalcanal after several weeks of relative quiet.

Radio Australia correspondent George Atkin reports from the capital, Honiara.

"Militants attacked the deck officer of an inter-island ship owned by the Minister of Forests, Hilda Kari, and also attacked an agricultural party in northeast Guadalcanal.

"The officer has been hospitalized in the national capital, Honiara. One person from the agricultural party is still missing.

"Last night, 80 families from the islands at the eastern tip of Guadalcanal were evacuated. Militants had threatened their lives. The evacuees are descendants of immigrants from nearby Malaita Province.

"George Atkin, Honiara."

GUADALCANAL SECONDARY SCHOOL RESUMES CLASSES

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (September 1, 1999 – Radio Australia)---A Guadalcanal secondary school, forced to close down by ethnic tension, has resumed classes.

The Anglican Selvan College on north-west Guadalcanal sent home more than 400 students and teachers last month following a directive from the national government.

Meanwhile, officials at two Guadalcanal provincial secondary schools, which closed down earlier in the year at the height of the ethnic disturbances, have indicated that their schools also will re-open soon.

The delay is caused by a lack of teachers, many of whom left Guadalcanal and sought safety on other islands, and the need for repairs to school power generators.

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