As we continue to live a comfortable life at jobsite, a tribal war is taking place in the lowlands below us. A clash between the Dani and Moni tribes started earlier this month when a member of the Moni tribe was killed during a land dispute. Tribal animosity is typical among the Papuan tribes, which often results in conflict and bloodshed.
On March 13, 2014, an article in the The Jakarta Post reported that the death toll was up to seven and that hundreds more were injured. Since then, the war has continued to escalate and intensify. PTFI employees who belong to the Dani and Moni tribes have taken leave from their jobs to fight the war. When the war is over, they will return to jobsite and to their positions.
In many ways, the indigenous tribes have become increasingly more civilized over the years. However, they continue to live in very traditional ways, too. Violent clashes, the use of bows and arrows, eye-for-an-eye killings, peace offerings, and arrow-breaking ceremonies remain strong elements in tribal warfare. The war will end when the leaders of the two tribes reach an agreement.