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Subject: No guns, no fights...extract froM PC 23-01-08

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Date Posted: Thu, Jan 24 2008, 02:25:58pm

I wish Engan warring tribes can do likewise???


No guns, no fights

AT LEAST 17 guns and other weapons used in tribal fighting in the Gumine district of Chimbu Province were destroyed in a peace ceremony last week.
More than 20,000 people from three local level government areas pledged to end their fighting. They burnt their guns at a ceremony held at Bilingi village last Tuesday.
Leaders who spoke during the ceremony vowed to end the fighting among themselves and help their elected leaders to bring services into their areas. The peace ceremony was started by the Yuloa Association, based at the Bomai Local Level Government.
Association adviser Tolpari Kamtai said the aim of the association was to remove guns from the young men and in its place, put spades and bushknives for them to work on their land.
He said the Government had failed to deliver the basic social services to the area and the people needed to organise themselves to improve their livelihood. “We have formed the association which will act as a vehicle to channel good information and resources to the people,” he said.
More than 2500 people witnessed the first annual meeting of the association which was also witnessed by officers from the Gumini district office.
The association’s chief executive officer, Jacob Kamtai said the motto of their association was, “No Guns, No Tribal Fights” and unite to make use of their resources to bring meaningful change to their lives.
Mr Kamtai said the association would also act on their behalf in resource developments in their area.
“Government can’t take the guns from our people and give them jobs therefore we tried to form this association to bring much needed services to our people and importantly, to stop tribal fighting in the area,” said Mr Kamtai.
He added after 32 years of independence the people of Yuri had not seen much change and they were taking the initiative to help themselves.

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