In February of this year, the International Committee of the Red Cross distributed 757 relief kits to 527 households in Papua New Guinea.
At the beginning of 2017, the International Committee of the Red Cross carried out a distribution of relief items in Pilikambi in Papua New Guinea’s Enga province where communities have been affected by ongoing tribal fighting. This is just one example of where Red Cross donations were used in 2017. In this instance, as is so often the case with the Red Cross, donations go towards giving hands-on practical help on the ground, where it’s needed most.
Modern war weapons have become increasingly available to fighters in the Papua New Guinea Highlands which has made violence in the area much more deadly than it was previously. One of the most serious fights took place last year in Pilikambi. A conflict that pitted the Sakir clan against the Talyul left more than 20 people dead and resulted in the burning of around 500 homes. A third clan, the Andati, were also affected: after the Sakir fled and took shelter with them, their homes were destroyed too. Peter Navare, is one of the Sakir clan’s ‘big men’. Speaking at the time, Peter said “roughly 50 to 60 houses burned down. I was very sad. When I saw my house burning, smoke rising from that side, tears fell…” Now living with his relatives in the Andati clan, Peter is determined to “build a new home for his children”. He said the life he was living there at the time is “not ok. It’s not suitable for me to live here. My proper place, my house – everything is destroyed.”
Peter Navare, who is pictured here with his three children is just one of many who benefited from the Red Cross distribution of relief kits. Their house was burned down during a tribal conflict and they now live with relatives of another clan. Peter is one of the Sakir clan’s ‘big men’. “Roughly 50 to 60 houses burned down,” said Peter. “I was very sad. When I saw my house burning, smoke rising from that side, tears fell…”
In February of this year, with some essential help from the Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society, the ICRC carried out simultaneous distributions of relief items in the villages of Kepelam and Landelam to the three affected clans. Each kit consisted of things needed to help families get back on their feet: kitchen items, shelter kits and tools to rebuild homes. The culmination of more than four months’ planning, the distribution saw 527 households receive 757 relief kits.
Enga province, Landelam. A woman ( right) transports the essential household items that she received during a distribution organized together by ICRC and Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society. Each kit contains household items, shelter and tools that support families to get back on their feet.
Enga province, Landelam. ICRC staff member ( left) Eddie Wimbera inspects the essential household items before a distribution
Enga province, Kapelam. Three men
(right) transport the essential household items that they received during a distribution organized together by the ICRC and Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society. The men of one family carry their kits from the Kepelam site.
Enga province, Kepelam. A man ( left) is carrying parcels during the preparations of an essential household items distribution. Before a distribution can take place, everything must be unloaded on site. Local volunteers gave invaluable help to the Red Cross team.
Enga province, Kepelam. A local volunteer stacks boxes of kitchen tools in Kepelem for a distribution organized together by the ICRC and Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society.
Kits are then assembled in piles, awaiting collection by the families.