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Tribal Courts Can End War In Papua New Guinea
2012-09-28 11:47:50

Traditions stem gunfire after 4,800 die in Enga, Papua New Guinea Mostly isolated from outsiders until the 1950s, Papua New Guinea's Enga tribes fought with bows and arrows until 1990, when their young people and mercenary "Rambos" began using shotguns and semiautomatic rifles, igniting 20 years of warfare that killed 4,816 people. Wars diminished among some 110 Enga tribes when they tired of bloodshed and economic chaos. Clan and church leaders restored peace using traditional...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
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