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29 August 2014


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Great story! I also stood at the Lumi Airstrip as an eight, nine, and ten year old back in the 60's! Mostly it was to actually get on the plane to go to school on the coast.

Leaving my home in the Lumi District was always a cultural wrench I struggled with. But the airstrip at Lumi has been and still is the doorway to my home and family in the Torricellis.

MAF started flying in there from Wewak in 1952 and still does 62 years later. There are many airstrips that remain the only access local people have to basic services.

I hope they can get the help needed to stay open, and I hope that small plane operators also get the support they need to serve these communities.

Missionary kid, now a "hap lapun".

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