A British reality TV star and his girlfriend feared they would be eaten by cannibals after they were captured by a tribe while on holiday in Papua New Guinea。


  Matthew Iovane and his American partner Michelle Clemens were trekking through the jungle when they were confronted by a gang who tied them up, stripped them naked and beat them with machetes。


  Mr Iovane was shackled to a tree while Miss Clemens was repeatedly attacked and had her fingers sliced open。


  During their ordeal, they had no idea why they had been targeted – and the only thing they could understand their captors saying was 'kill you'。


  The couple finally managed to escape while they were being force-marched through the jungle and ran naked back to safety。


  The incident is now being investigated by the Foreign Office, who are helping the Papua New Guinea authorities find the tribesmen responsible。


  Mr Iovane, 31, a DJ and brand consultant, met Miss Clemens, also 31, while he was visiting her home city of Los Angeles and the pair agreed to meet up again in Australia。


  The couple flew to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea's capital, and set off on a 60-mile hike along the Kokoda Trail, in the south-east of the country。

  这对情侣便飞往巴布亚新几内亚的首都莫尔兹比港,开始沿该国东南部著名景点科科达小径60英里的徒步游览 。

  For five days, they met a host of welcoming villagers and spent every night sleeping in the open after foraging for their food in the forest。


  But on the final day of their trip, Mr Iovane and Miss Clemens were suddenly confronted by two tribesmen, one in front and one behind, who were both armed with machetes, followed by several other natives。


  Mr Iovane said, 'They looked very scary in native costumes and what looked like warpaint and came closer before circling around us。 'They tore up my T-shirt to blindfold me and the awful thought crossed my mind that we could be on the menu。'


  Thinking they were being robbed, the pair offered the gang their belongings, but the tribesmen ignored their backpacks and tied them up。 The gang later ransacked their bags – finding Miss Clemens' iPhone and shouting at her to turn it on。

  想到他们可能是要打劫,这对情侣便把本人的财物交给了这些部落族人,但这些族人还是忽略了他们身上的背包,把他们绑了起来。 后来他们也抢走了背包,发现了克里曼斯的iPhone手机并喊着让她打开手机。

  When the travellers finally managed to run away, they were threatened by wild dogs and hurt by poison ivy – but at last they found a friendly local who raised the alarm。


  Mr Iovane and Miss Clemens are now recovering from their ordeal in Port Moresby。 Papua New Guinea Police said the pair were stripped of their belongings including mobile phones, shoes, backpacks and 15,000 kina (?3,500) in cash。


  Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed the attack and said the couple were hiking without a licensed tour operator。


  The island of New Guinea is believed to be one of the world's last outposts of cannibalism。 Thousands of native tribes, many of which are cut off from the rest of the world, live in the island's remote jungles。


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