12 Aug 2021

Warlords lay down their guns in PNG's Hela

From , 6:02 am on 12 August 2021

It could be too early to say whether a major gun surrendering event in a Papua new Guinea province plagued by tribal fighting represents a peace breakthrough

Dozens of people have died in tribal fights in the past few years in Hela province where a build-up of high powered weapons has proliferated among tribes and groups led by warlords.

It has been a blight on prime minister James Marape's time in office that violence and lawlessness lingered on in his own district, Tari, Hela's capital.

Johnny Blades has been following developments and joins me now.

Welcome Johnny so the setting for this conflict -  its the heart of a resource-rich region that has had its share of upheavals in recent years, earthquakes, troubled elections, political violence and all this on top of the ongoing tribal fighting.

Military vehicle PNG's Highlands highway

Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Koroi Hawkins