WHEN I was about eight, nine and ten years old in the early 1990s, mum taught at Lumi Community School.
The school catered to children of public servants at Lumi station and children from villages surrounding the station.
Back then, Lumi was a fully-fledged district of West Sepik Province. It is now just a sub district, Aitape being the headquarters of the restructured Aitape-Lumi District.
So it was that our home was right at the station, the centrepiece of which was the Lumi airstrip. The airstrip ran right through the middle of Lumi station, with houses on either side.