Documentary Film: Spears to semi-automatics
The human cost of tribal conflict in Papua New Guinea

The screening will be followed by a discussion with
Mark Kessler, ICRC Head of Mission for Papua New Guinea.

6pm, Thursday August 10, 2017

This is not an FCCT-organised event: responsibility for programme content is solely that of the event organiser
Synopsis: The humanitarian consequences of tribal warfare in Papua New Guinea are as devastating as those seen in large-scale, armed conflict.

Every year, dozens of people are killed and thousands displaced because of tribal fighting in the Highlands Region. Homes, schools and health centres are razed to the ground. Crops are destroyed. Livelihoods are ruined. Rape is commonplace.

The increased availability of modern weapons means the violence is becoming more destructive. To make matters worse, the traditional rules governing tribal fighting are breaking down. Women, children, the elderly and health-care workers are now targets.

In 2016, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (https://www.icrc.org/en/) travelled for two weeks to document the devastating impacts of conflict on communities in Hela and the Southern Highlands Provinces. The result is a film titled, "Spears to semi-automatics: the human cost of tribal conflict in Papua New Guinea", as well as a series of photographs from the Melbourne-based photographer, Ms. Jessie Boylan (http://jessieboylan.com/), which the ICRC is showcasing at the FCCT on 10 August. Please join us and for any questions or interviews please contact Kate Roux, kroux@icrc.org

18.00-19.00 Registration and Dinner Buffet
19.00-19.10 Welcome remarks by Mark Kessler, ICRC Head of Mission for Papua New Guinea
19.10-19.40 Film Screening "Spears to semi-automatics: The human cost of tribal conflict in Papua New Guinea"
19.40-20.00 Panel Discussion
20.00-20.15 Q & A


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