THE 13-year-old girl given away in a compensation payment in Jimi, Jiwaka, last year, will return to school next week, her father says.
Dad Joseph Molmb said his daughter wanted to continue in Grade Three, which she had to give up last March after she was forced to go and live with a neighbouring tribe as part of a compensation payment.
Molmb paid K100 to boys from that tribe last November to rescue her and bring her back to him.
He said his daughter really wanted to return to school and continue her education despite the ordeal she went through.
Molmb said his daughter was in Grade Three at Meginpol Primary School in Kol, Upper Jimi, last year.
He said the peace and good order committee gave her and a 15-year-old girl away in a belkol ceremony to the neighboring Kui tribe last March over the killing of a teacher in January last year.
“My daughter was held captive for nine months and missed out on her education,” he said.
He said after she was re-united with her family, she had to seek medical treatment and counselling at the Mt Hagen Hospital and is slowly recovering from the ordeal.
“She is not feeling better but she still wants to go back to school and continue her education,” he said.
Molmb said the Kui tribesmen burnt down the Meginpol Primary School and health centre plus
the houses and properties owned by his tribesmen.
Meanwhile, 420 of his tribesmen out of the 700 registered in the last common roll update are scattered all around the country after their villages were raided.
He said only 280 people went back to live in the village despite the tension in their area.
He said his tribesmen wanted to return to the village and he urged Jiwaka police to arrest the man who killed the teacher so that peace could be restored. The National
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