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ELIZABETH JACKSON: While the Australian trekkers who were attacked in Papua New Guinea this week have returned home, their local porters are still waiting for medical treatment.

Seven porters were seriously injured and they've been taken to hospital but only one has undergone surgery to clean his wounds.

Here's our PNG correspondent Liam Fox.

LIAM FOX: Last Tuesday afternoon the Australian trekkers and their local porters had set up camp after their first day walking the Black Cat Track in Morobe Province.

The porters were preparing the evening meal when between four and six men charged out of the jungle armed with machetes, a rifle and a home-made gun.

Porter Jeremiah Jack says people were bashed as the trekkers were rounded up and the porters forced to lie on the ground.

JEREMIAH JACK (translation): They checked everyone's bags, got cameras, phones and things like that. When they finished they told us to lie down: then they started cutting us one at a time, down the line.

LIAM FOX: Mr Jack has a deep gash on each of his lower legs and a stab wound to his right shoulder.

His fellow porter Bovi Sovi was cut on his lower legs and his ankles.

BOVI SOVI (translation): They were cutting us, they hurt us. When we tried to walk it was hard, so we lay down.

LIAM FOX: The porters bore the brunt of the attack. Two were killed. The trekkers received relatively minor injuries - lacerations and bruises.

After tending to the porters as best they could, the trekkers and guide, Christiana King, walked five hours back to the town of Wau to raise the alarm.

The next day the porters were picked up by helicopter and taken to the Angau Hospital in Lae.

But like all hospitals in PNG, the facilities are limited, and only one of the seven porters admitted have undergone surgery to clean their wounds.

The rest, like Jeremiah Jack and Bovi Sovi, are still waiting.

Mr Jack doesn't know what will happen to him.

JEREMIAH JACK: I'm a young boy. I'm worried about my future - I'm going to be paralysed, man, I don't know what's happened to me.

LIAM FOX: Neither men have any idea why they were attacked. Police and locals are hunting for the bandits along the Black Cat track.

Bovi Sovi says if they're caught they should be killed.

BOVI SOVI (translation): I think they should kill them all because I am badly injured; I have lost a lot of blood.

LIAM FOX: The trek leader Christiana King is yet to publicly comment about the attack, but she and her husband Daniel are worried about the porters' plight.

They've set up bank accounts for people to donate money to that will be used to pay for the porters' treatment and rehabilitation.

This is Liam Fox in Lae for AM.