Sunday, September 13, 1998 Published at 17:30 GMT 18:30 UK
Tsunami victims want to go home
Returning to Papua New Guinea's devastated coast
The BBC's Peter Biles reports on the situation in Papua New Guinea in the wake of the tsunami disaster:
The people here depended on the sea for their survival - the terrible irony is that it was the sea that took the lives of an estimated 5,000 people, and wrecked the lives of those who escaped.
Families are still suffering collective shock from the losses they have suffered.
"I'm the only one of my family left," said one man. "My brother, my sisters and my cousins are all gone."
But no-one will forget the terror that engulfed them when the wave approached.
One track in the area, surrounded by the makeshift graves of those who never made it to safety, is patrolled to keep numbers of scavenger dogs down.
However, a source of tension has arisen between the refugee villagers and their temporary hosts because the wrong dogs are being shot.
And if the Worapu want to live together in the future they will have to build on land owned by the Ramu - at least for the short term.
The Worapu leaders have been told that they can build a new village - on condition that they change their ways.
The Ramu believe that the Worapu brought the disaster upon themselves by maintaining traditional customs and spiritual beliefs.
But the Worapu elders have not given up hope of one day returning to the areas destroyed by the wave.
They want to live and fish as they always have done, but the recent disaster and the possibility that it could happen again in the future hang over the Worapu like a shadow.