29 Apr 2014

Bougainville repatriates 20 people from Lae

7:29 pm on 29 April 2014

The disaster office in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville has airlifted 20 people from Lae after they had become caught up in ethnic strife.

One Bougainvillean was killed earlier this month during a clash involving settlers.

The director of the Bougainville Disaster Office, Franklin Lacey, visited Lae last week and on Monday this week 20 men, women and children were flown out of the city and back to Bougainville.

New Dawn FM reports that the 20, who were mostly students, had to return home because their houses were destroyed and this had made life miserable for them in Lae.