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1 Jun 2020

Liam Fox, Pacific Beat

Chiefs of PNG's Sepik spirit houses call for Frieda River mine to be banned

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"Chiefs of PNG's Sepik spirit houses call for Frieda River mine to be banned", 2 June 2020

In Papua New Guinea a campaign to stop a proposed gold and copper mine has been boosted with support from chiefs of the famous Haus Tambarans, or spirit houses, of the Sepik River.


...[C]hiefs from 28 Haus Tambarans representing 78,000 people have signed a declaration calling for a total ban of the mine.

The group Project Sepik organised the declaration and coordinator Emmanuel Peni says it's the first time communities along the river have united in a common cause.


He said there is a risk of conflict if PanAust and the PNG government disregard the views of the people who live along the Sepik River.