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While Mendi & Hela burn, the tribal killing continues in Enga

On the warpathDANIEL KUMBON

WABAG - Clearly the government of Papua New Guinea is not in control of the escalating law and order problems in parts of Papua New Guinea, especially the Highlands.

The serious problems in Hela and the Southern Highlands have dominated the news recently but we continue to have grave and deadly issues in Enga.

Shocking news has just reached Wabag that a young teaching couple, their two children and relatives have been massacred at a road block as they were travelling home to Kompiam for the term break from Sir Tei Secondary School.

Soldiers from Moem Barracks deployed to Wabag to quell wafare between two tribes on the fringes of town were sent to Kompiam to retrieve the bodies and find those missing.

The people killed were teacher John Pyapenge, his brother Dalu Pyapenge and Luke Pano.

John’s wife, Faith Pyapenge, also a high school teacher, is in the Intensive Care Unit at Wabag Hospital.

Their infant son and Faith’s mother are still missing as well as other relatives who were travelling with them.

Reports say the Pyapenge brothers were from a different tribe and not from two tribes in the Kompiam area which have been engaged in prolonged tribal warfare using high powered guns.

There are also continuing tribal wars involving guns in Laiagam and Porgera.

The western and southern parts of the Highlands have descended into bloody warfare which police and army seem unable to bring to an end.

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