Cannibals to Missionaries: sorry about that whole 'eating you' thing

The descendants of Papua New Guinean cannabils held a 'reconciliation ceremony' to apologize for killing and eating four Fijian missionaries in 1875.

This, to me, seems like a bit of an empty gesture. Something like, "Sorry my ancestors ate your ancestors 132 years ago". Especially since the murders sparked a wave of violent reprisals that killed numerous Papua New Guineans and torched a bunch of villages.

I mean, it's nice that they feel bad and everything. But the apology is a little late. If the Papua New Guineans were still eating Fijians, or had been eating them within the last five years, yes, please apologize. It just strikes me that everyone has kinda, well, moved on.

Except for the four missionaries. They're not going anywhere.