Violence hits PNG volcano refugees

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One person is dead and hundreds homeless after violence in Papua New Guinea that follows a volcanic eruption five years ago.

Liam Fox reports that 15,000 people fled their homes on Manam Island, off PNG's north coast, after a volcanic explosion in 2005.

They have been in temporary care centres at Bogia, on the mainland, ever since.

Their presence has angered local villagers.

Last week, a fight between two high school students escalated into a brawl in which one man was stabbed to death.

Reports say a mob of 500 people then set upon a care centre, burning 160 homes, killing animals and destroying food gardens.

Last year, six Bogia men were arrested after a Manam woman was bashed and her three-year old daughter beheaded.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation