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    Dreikikir Ambunti-Dreikikir District | East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Lat 3° 34' 19S Long 142° 46' 8E Dreikikir is an inland village at an altitude of 1,000' / 304m. To the west is Yaurang. Today, located along the Highway in Ambunti-Dreikikir District in East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Wartime History
During 1943 occupied by the Japanese who recruited laborers to work on Tadji Airfield and Wewak area airfields.

References
The Journal of Pacific History "A Bomb Or A Bullet Or The Bloody Flux?: Population Change in the Aitape Inland Papua New Guinea, 1941-1945" by Bryant Allen February 1983 Vol. 18, No. 4 (October 1983) pages 218-235
"The Japanese were building an airstrip there [Tadji Airfield] and appear to have employed mainly people from inland villages nearest to Tadji. Inland people from around Dreikikir worked mostly on coastal airstrips east of Tadji. I When dysentery appeared among those workers the Japanese ordered them home, so it is probable that when a more severe form appeared at Tajdi, workers were also ordered to disperse and in doing so carried the disease directly into their home villages from where it spread east and west along the [Torricelli] ranges."

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Last Updated
January 11, 2018

 

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