Posted By Staff Reporter
After eighteen years, the remains of two Papua New Guinea Defence Force soldiers, missing in action in Bougainville will be returned home.
The Soldiers were taken hostage during the Bougainvillie crisis in 1996 and were listed as Missing in Action.
This is the first time of such event, will take place in the country, setting a pace for reconciliation between P-N-G and Bougainville, since the crisis, 25 years ago.
Late Privates, Jimmy Jula from Bukiwi Village and Rainu Waia from Jarre, both from Maprik, East Sepik Province, served with the Alpha Company at Taurama Barracks and went missing after a peace negotiation ceremony, and were listed as Missing in Action (MIA).
Their remains will finally make the journey home next Friday after negotiations were reached between the PNG Government and the ex-combatants in 2010.
Both fallen comrades will be given the much deserved recognition and proper burial, the P-N-G-D-F say.
Two close family members of both men are asked to contact the P-N-G-D-F Moem Barracks Office in Wewak, as soon as possible for travel arrangements.
Family members can contact Lieutenant Winnis Leo on digicel number, 7-2-2-0-7-5-4-8.
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