Natural hazards and conflict are the main causes of internal displacement in Papua New Guinea. Profiling of internally displaced persons conducted by IOM identified a total of 44,547 individuals displaced in 37 locations across 10 assessed provinces . Displacement incidences in Papua New Guinea have contributed to reduced access to safe water, sanitation, food, shelter, education, health, safety and security, thereby undermining the standard of living, disrupting the functionality and stability of local communities. Ethnic clashes and tribal fights have also contributed to property destruction, injuries and sometimes loss of life among the fighting groups largely in the Highlands provinces.
To help address existing vulnerabilities and challenges related to the impacts of emergency situations induced by natural and man-made hazards, IOM will continue to work in collaboration with the Government of Papua New Guinea at the national and sub-national levels to empower grassroots communities to better manage disaster risks, increase resilience to natural hazards and enable conflict prevention and peace building initiatives at the local level.
Despite the vast geographic and infrastructural challenges that impact operational logistics in Papua New Guinea, IOM continues to work closely with government’s sub-national structures to extend and expand assistance to the hardest to reach vulnerable groups on the mainland and remote island communities in a quest to leave no one behind.