16 Sep 2013

Trekkers start fund to care for injured PNG porters

7:24 pm on 16 September 2013

The foreign victims of an attack on a trekking party in Papua New Guinea's Morobe province last week have established a trust to help the local survivors pay medical costs and help their recovery.

The group was attacked by several men wielding machetes.

Two porters were killed in the attack and another succumbed to his wounds at the weekend in hospital in Lae.

Several more porters suffered serious injuries.

One of the trekkers, Australian domiciled New Zealander, Nick Bennett, says PNG does not have adequate facilities to help the porters cope and recover from their ordeal and the group wants to help the people who helped them.

"The injuries that they have received are horrendous. They have been hacked around the calves and across the leg and that means that they won't be able to do what they have been doing. They won't be able to work and the fact is they have been waiting so long for treatment that the potential for septicaemia is very high."

Nick Bennett says the people of Morobe were lovely and PNG is also a victim of the incident.

PNG police have confirmed that four of the six suspected attackers have been arrested.