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Subject: Re: Independence: Wishing All Engans both in and Out of ENGA Province

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Date Posted: Wed, Sep 17 2008, 12:03:34pm
In reply to: larsen 's message, "Independence: Wishing All Engans both in and Out of ENGA Province" on Wed, Sep 10 2008, 09:11:49am

A challenge to the people of Enga, Governor, and all open electorate members to END this bloody Tribal War once and for all.


Rakamanda ravaged by tribal fights

Nine people are alleged to have been killed and properties worth hundreds of thousands of kina were destroyed in a massive destruction in two tribal fights in Enga Province.
The nine people were killed in the lower Lai area of Kompiam and many others received bullet wounds while more than 100 houses were burnt down, numerous domestic animals, coffee plots, food gardens, trees and cemeteries near the double bridge near Rakamanda were damaged by a victorious group last week.
The whole of the western end of Wapanamanda District to parts of Wabag is bare like a cattle range after years of fighting among the local tribes.
The only village existing is Birip right in the middle while massive destructions over time began from both sides of the Lai river from Yaipos where the Amapiyaka International School is to Rakamanda — a distance of about 20km.
The double bridge along the Highlands highway in Rakamanda is a dangerous spot with police and the warring tribes having exchanged gun fire.
Last week, one of the group stormed the opposition territory, chasing them away and completely ravaging the entire village.
The victors had chopped down causarina trees and were selling them at very low prices along the highway.
The battle in Kompiam has ravaged across the Western Highlands border into to Baiyer.
Highlands divisional police commander Simon Kauba yesterday said a mobile squad unit from Wabag went into the area and was monitoring the situation.
Mr Kauba appealed to leaders to take the lead in negotiating peace and restore normalcy.
The battle, he said, was one of the longest in the region, going back for years.
“We need the support from local leaders to negotiate peace. The most affected people are women and children. The men should consider their women and children rather than killing each other,” Mr Kauba said.

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