Reference : V-P-PG-E-00200
Date : 25/10/2016
Country/Region : PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Caption : Kagua. Ben Ali is standing at the location where used to be his house that was burnt.
Photographer : BOYLAN, Jessie
Keyword : PORTRAIT
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, photo gallery "Lives lost, futures destroyed: Stories from Papua New Guinea’s tribal wars", 29 May 2017

"Ben Ali, from the displaced Wambia clan in Southern Highlands Province, stands on the site of his house, which was burnt down during an attack on his community. Ben was asleep when combatants from an opposing tribe descended on his village early one morning. He woke to the sound of gunfire and the terrifying sight of armed men in the doorway of his home. “I woke up and a saw men holding a gun. I said, ‘Oh, God, I’m in the hands of the enemy’. He managed to escape, but his wife and sons were shot dead in the attack. “I want the fighting to stop, but it’s up to the young boys now whether or not we will have peace.”

Home to some of the remotest communities in the world, the Papua New Guinea Highlands is a region of breathtaking, untouched beauty. However, these spectacular hills and valleys also harbor a disturbing reality: across the Highlands, tribal communities are at war. Vicious conflicts – over land, resources and other grievances – lead to thousands of displacements each year and rob families of their lives and livelihoods.
In Papua New Guinea's modern-day conflicts, no-one is spared from the fight – anyone or anything is a target – and tragically this includes women and children. Here, people caught up in these tribal disputes, share their stories, illustrating the serious, ongoing humanitarian impact of Papua New Guinea's chronic tribal wars."
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5616x3744
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour