RAPHAEL WAYNE DAMOK
MEDALS have been presented to the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels who took care of Australian soldiers during World War Two.
Australian High Commissioner Chris Moraitis made the presentation yesterday after a Battle for Australia commemorative service held at the Bomana war cemetery outside Port Moresby.
The medal recipients included Nepe Kumanyal, 93, an interpreter from Simbu, and Naime Raga, 95, a carrier from Central.
Anna Boino, widow of John Boino, who was a carrier from Popondetta, received the medal on her husband’s behalf.
Mr Moraitis paid tribute to those who offered their lives to protect freedom and the right to live in peace.
He said Australia was grateful for the assistance given by Papua New Guinean civilians to its troops serving along the Kokoda track and elsewhere in PNG during the war.
“These brave men and women risked their lives and that of their families to help sick and wounded Australian soldiers.
“Many an Australian owes his life to these people, who showed great strength, ingenuity, and compassion in the face of turmoil and uncertainty,” Mr Moraitis said.
He added that the Battle for Australia along the Kokoda track had left a “lasting legacy” of unity and a common history between Papua New Guinea and Australia.