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The Green City – Lae

I recently visited my home town, Lae, the greenest city of Papua New Guinea. Lae is the capital of Morobe Province and is the second-largest city in PNG. It is located near the delta of the Markham River and at the main highway into the highlands of PNG.

Lae is very hot and humid, although when we were visiting in September, the weather was cool and very pleasant. It rained 50 per cent of our three-week visit which was a change from nightly rainfall.

I love Lae because it is home and my family lives there. Lae also offers some of the best organic food you can get anywhere in the world. In Lae market, you can also get any kind of meat and fish you want.

Malum Nalu pictures of Lae Market. Courtesy Malum Nalu Blog.
ANZ Haus
Malum Nalu picture of Lae City. Courtesy Malum Nalu Blog.
My niece Joycelin and Cousin Mati. Two young ladies from Lae. JK.Leahy picture
Heliconias are tropical plants related to bananas, cannas and gingers. There are about 100 different individual species and Lae is very well known for its Heliconia and Birds of Paradise as well as other ginger plants. JK.Leahy Picture
Aunty Giuc Ruth and Mama Freda. JK.Leahy© My mother plants a beautiful garden at our house in Lae.
My son Chris with his two abungs (grandmothers) – my mother and aunt. JK.Leahy© Picture.
My aunt leaves our house to head back to the Wagang Village. JK.Leahy© picture.
A Bird wing butterfly on one of my mother’s blooms – in Lae. JK.Leahy©
Lae Golf Club, the best golf course in PNG. Picture courtesy of Morobe Provincial Government website.
The road to Lae market, where fishermen park and sell their fish. JK.Leahy© picture.

The Wet City – Lae

Lae, Papua New Guinea

“Lae, Wet City” – watercolour, work in progress. JK.Leahy©

It rains most of the year in Lae City, Papua New Guinea. Everything is grey, weather is over-casted, but when it stops raining and the sun comes out, Lae is green. The Kuanua ran aground and storms installed it just off the edge of former Lae airport.

Kuanua’s rusts make her stand out in the wet weather.


Scatterings of Blood River

Mondays Finish the Story by Barbara W. Beacham

The Kingdom Behind the Fog – Photo by Barbara W. Beacham

Scatterings of Blood River ©JLeahy Memoirs

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, beyond the blue fog of Torrest Straits lived many tribes in Papua New Guinea. Amongst them, a fierce warrior named Katham led the Ahe people.

Seeking fertile land Katham attacked Tikeleng, Apo and Aluki tribes for the Lahe coastline. The early 1900s battle took place near a large river. Positioned in the thick tropical forest Katham and his warriors fought till his last coastal enemy fell. Katham and two ardent followers returned inland. They crossed the river, which they named Bu-dac, meaning Blood River, because it was red and filled with floating bodies. The three heard loud splashing. Katham approached the shallow bank cautiously thinking an injured enemy was still alive.

To his astonishment, he found a toddler struggling for air and Katham picked up and hugged the baby boy. The baby threw up water and cried. Without other survivors, Katham returned home, named and raised the toddler as his son.

Based on our (Ahe people’s) history as told by my grandmother, Geyamlamuo Poaluawe Baim. Budac remains a river where our people wash daily. The toddler’s three generations are still part of our family. Our village Wagang remains in the position Katham fought for.  Thank you Barbara for a perfect picture to inspire my oral history.