Melanesian brother murdered in Papua New Guinea

A member of the Anglican Melanesian Brotherhood (Solomon Islands) in Popondetta, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea, has been murdered.

Br. Tolbon Diwaero was killed late last Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning (Sept. 15-16) by unidentified persons on his way back to Domara Household, the church reported via Facebook.

Br. Kelliot Betu, regional secretary of the Papua New Guinea Melanesian Brotherhood Region, said that it appeared Diwaero was “mistakenly murdered” as he passed a village where there was a clash between two groups. Further details about the incident are unknown at present.

Last year another member of the Melanesian Brotherhood was killed, and two others were badly beaten in a street attack in Honiara, the Solomon Islands.

The Melanesian Brotherhood are an Anglican religious community based primarily in the Solomon Islands, but which is expanding into other parts of the world.

It was founded in in 1900 by Ini Kopuria, a Solomon Islander on the Island of Guadalcanal.


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