Following a volcano eruption on Kadovar Island on the 5th of January 2018, Kadovar islanders were temporarily evacuated to safety on Ruprup Island before their relocation to Dandan care centre between 14th and 16th January. 567 IDPs (106 displaced households) were recorded in the center, with 49% of the IDP population beinf females and 46% being children. Main immediate needs include food, nutritional supplements for children under five years old, aqua tabs, hygiene kits and potable water.
Throughout the last decade, Papua New Guinea (PNG) has experienced internal displacements arising in the context of natural and human induced hazards that includes the Manam volcano and tribal conflicts respectively. Although such events have been exacerbated in the context of the natural disasters and conflict across the country, most IDPs such as those in Manam have now been living in displacement for a protracted period (most since 2005). Particularly in Manam, access to education is still a challenge to children while access to basic social services remains also a huge challenge in most disaster and displacement affected communities in PNG.
Displacement in Papua New Guinea (PNG) occurs largely as a result of tribal fights due to land, natural disasters and or the economic situation of families. Tribal fights due to land in PNG are quite common and driven by complexity of tenure relationships, overlapping land rights, migration due to economic or environmental factors and cultural differences.