17 Dec 2015

Villagers in Vanuatu arrested for arson

8:47 pm on 17 December 2015

Police in Vanuatu have arrested villagers in North Pentecost after a conflict over marine resources led to the burning down of several houses, a church and a retail shop.

The conflict is understood to be over rights to harvest sea cucumber or bech de mer on island's east coast.

Following cyclone Pam in March 10 temporary licences were issued by the Department of Fisheries for people in the area to generate some revenue to go towards their efforts to rebuild.

The licences are due to expire at the end of the month.