MOROBE VILLAGERS SETTLE AFTER SKIRMISH

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By Peter Miva

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Aug. 4) - A peace ceremony was held at the weekend at Eec village, Bukawa, in the Papua New Guinea province of Morobe, after a house, vanilla and food gardens were destroyed in two days of fighting between Wediru and Eec villagers.

Labuta llg ward 4 councillor Timai Nasau said yesterday the fight broke out last Monday after youths from both villages allegedly accused each other of stealing from their food gardens.

Youths from Wediru attacked Eec villagers last Monday and destroyed a house, vanilla and banana gardens.

Eec villagers retaliated the next day and destroyed their enemies’ vanilla and banana gardens.

Mr Nasau said nobody was hurt during the confrontations.

He said the provincial administration assisted four policemen with a dinghy to travel to Eec village to negotiate peace at the weekend.

Mr Nasau said the Eec villagers paid Wediru villagers K820 while Wediru paid K400 to Eec villagers as compensation.

After assessing the extent of the damage on both sides the villagers decided to pay compensation, Mr Nasau said.

Mr Nasau said the village councillors including himself, village court magistrate, parish pastor, and policemen witnessed the peace ceremony.

Mr Nasau commended the provincial administration in responding to their request to provide fuel and transport for the policemen.

Mr Nasau said the Busong primary school at the village has suspended classes because of the fight but is expected to resume classes this week.

August 5, 2004

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