Red Cross and Unicef staff members assaulted amid rising frustrations about level of humanitarian aid following earthquake

Staff from two aid agencies have been attacked in the last week in Papua New Guinea as violence and tribal conflict hampers the efforts of relief organisations assisting in earthquake recovery.

A team of local aid workers with the PNG Red Cross was robbed and assaulted by armed assailants in Tari. According to police and incident reports seen by the Guardian, the group of eight people, including five PNG Red Cross staff members, was robbed by five people armed with shotguns and machetes last Friday. They had been traveling to Tari, through Hela province, an area which has seen an escalation in violence in recent weeks.

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