Along with drinking alcohol in public, chewing betel nut and spitting out the messy remains has been aggressively discouraged in Port Moresby this year. Faces with red lips and stained teeth are not part of that vision. At the Koki Buai market, more than two dozen vendors laid out mounds of the green betel palm fruit and small piles of mustard beans as an excited crowd was kept under control by threats and admonishments from heavies, some wielding bits of wood, employed to keep order. Medical experts says prolonged use causes oral cancer. A total ban imposed in Port Moresby in spiraled into conflict that caused deaths and property damage and deprived thousands of people of livelihoods, development economist Busa Jeremiah Wenogo wrote in a blog. Another total ban was threatened earlier this year but was wound back after tear gas fired by police to disperse vendors drifted into a school, Wenogo said.
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Women suspected of sorcery beheaded in Papua New Guinea
Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for latest news and live news updates. Home World. US academic gang-raped in Papua New Guinea. The incidents come after a brutal spate of sorcery-related crimes that have sparked condemnation from the United Nations and undermined the poor Pacific country's standing as a destination for tourism and investment. In the latest case, the white academic told AFP that she was attacked on Friday while conducting research on birds and the impact of climate change in a remote forest on Karkar Island in Madang province. Police in the capital Port Moresby on Sunday confirmed the attack. They then stripped her, bound her hands, cut off her blonde hair to the scalp and gang-raped her for about 20 minutes before something in the forest startled them and they ran away.
How a 7-Year-Old Girl Survived Papua New Guinea’s Crucible of Sorcery
Two elderly women were beheaded in Papua New Guinea after being tortured for three days, a report said Monday, the latest in a string of sorcery-related crimes. The Post-Courier newspaper said police were present during the killings last week but were outnumbered by an angry mob and could do nothing to prevent the grisly deaths. We could not do anything," Bougainville police inspector Herman Birengka told the paper, saying his officers were threatened when they tried to negotiate the women's release. According to Birengka, who described the murders as "barbaric and senseless," the women were taken captive last Tuesday by relatives of a former school teacher who died recently.
Justice is 7 years old. When Justice laughs, which is often, her smile beams so wide it seems to stretch her face to breaking point. Yet in November , the population of her village convinced themselves Justice was a witch. Kissam, who is now her legal guardian. No child should have to describe such heinous cruelty.