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Peace to pave the Way

As part of the peace building process in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, many families, clans and communities have continued to reconcile with their enemies.

And this is evident in this campaign period of this year’s National General Election.

Peace and reconciliation ceremonies are conducted to allow candidates to freely campaign.

Two families of the Nakas Clan in the Haku Constituency yesterday during the Bel-Kol ceremony on reunited following a conflict, some years back.

The customary ritual was part of the reconciliation act where there was the exchange of food and chewing of betel nut.

 The village chiefs, youth and children at Lemanmanu Village witnessed the Bel Kol ceremony.

North Bougainville Open Candidate, Noel Sarei thanked the families for their peace making efforts. The gesture would be an example for the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

He was then accepted to freely do his campaign in the area.

The Bel Kol ceremony is setting precedence for a bigger ceremony to follow.


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