17 Sep 2013

Foreign trekkers commit to helping PNG porters after attack

9:56 am on 17 September 2013

A member of a trekking group involved in a fatal attack last week in Papua New Guinea says he is committed to supporting the families of local victims.

Two local porters were hacked to death, and a third later died in hospital, after the attack by a group of men on the Black Cat Track in Morobe Province.

One of the injured foreign trekkers, Nick Bennett says the brutal attack has hit the locals hardest.

"Our commitment is to supporting the porters. We'll be fine eventually and we will go back. There's a commitment from several of the trek members to go back and that's as a means of supporting the villagers and showing that we believe there is much more to it than this event."

Nick Bennett and his fellow trekkers have established the Black Cat Porters Trust Fund to raise money for families of the porters.

He says they welcome donations through their Facebook page.