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2015 Hanuabada Shooting Survivor Speaks

By Vasinatta Yama, EM TV – Port Moresby

A survivor of the alleged 2015 Hanuabada shooting by Police in Port Moresby has announced today that he is medically unfit to work.

Nou Karoho, the survivor, said that the injury has kept him from heading back to work for some time now.

The 52-year-old from Hanuabada village has four children, two of whom have sacrificed their own careers in order to care for their father.  

Karoho was a crane operator with Bishop Brothers up until the shooting occurred. He cannot return to work because he is paralysed on the left side, with particular problems in his left hand.

He blames the state for taking away part of his life. Karoho only survived thanks to some quick thinking community members who rushed him off to a Port Moresby hospital.

After a week in hospital he underwent surgery, and the bullet was removed.

He now sells betelnut and cigarettes.

The Motu-Koitabu Way Forward, a group under the Motu-Koitabu Assembly, has started providing monetary assistance until Karoho reaches retirement age.

Motu-Koitabuan’s are calling on the government and Police to fast track the investigation.

In the meantime, they have refrained from taking the law into their own hands, as was the case at the time of the shooting.


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