Red Cross helps affected tribes in Hagen


THE PNG Red Cross Society in Western Highlands has lived up to its expectation in responding to conflict situations by assisting about 32 households affected by a tribal clash last Tuesday.
Chairman David Knox said Red Cross distributed about 32 non-food items (NFI’s) to the Moge-Angimb and Jika-Milakamb tribes that had sought peace after a clash in June.
The items were donated by the International Committee of the Red Cross to its Western Highlands branch to deliver to the affected people.
Knox said the supplies include kitchen sets, mosquito nets, tarpaulins, washing basins, mattresses and blankets, which came from Geneva in Switzerland.
“Red Cross is here to respond to conflict and disaster areas and help people (victims) of man-made and natural disasters and conflict situations and help build resilient communities,” he said.
“We are volunteers and have volunteers who do not get paid but love doing all the humanitarian work.”
Knox said that volunteers go out, do assessment and send reports to the head office where it is decided whether to help or not based on the nature of the situations.
Knox said the volunteers did voluntary work based on the fundamental principles and code and conduct of volunteers.
“We call it a disaster when more people, (15-20 people) are affected either by natural disasters like landslides, floods or man-made like a tribal clash,” he said.
“We move in when there is peace, when both parties agree to allow us in. We take neutral grounds.”
The challenges that the organisation faced when reaching out to remote areas were logistics and manpower where many could not work because it was a voluntary job.
He urged partners, stakeholders and business houses to build resilient communities in response to conflicts and disasters.

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