Tribal conflicts are increasing in Papua New Guinea in the absence of effective policing in the remote provinces.
Communities are taking law and order matters into their own hands in a tit-for-tat escalation of violence and reprisals.
Government institutions and NGOs are poorly equiped and inadequately financed to tackle the problem and it is proving almost impossible to protect the vulnerable communities and their women and children.
Many of these communities are in isolated mountaineous regions and have no roads connecting them to the outside world.
There are no telecoms infrastructures and victims are unable to telephone for help.
In a province of over 400,000 people, there are only 60 police officers.
“People need to realise that as our institutions are collapsing, the viciousness on a community level is getting worse,” Police Minister Bryan Kramer said.
Mr Kramer said he will travel to Tari — to personally assess the killings under the direction of Prime Minister James Marape.
Thousands of people are displaced every year in PNG due to tribal violence, where the targeting of women and children is becoming increasingly common in tribal conflicts.