Rest in peace Faole Bokoi, the last ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel’. During World War II, when Australian troops fought in the rough terrain of Papua New Guinea against the invading Japanese, a group of locals, known affectionately as the Fuzzy Wuzzies, helped the Aussie soldiers defend their country. One of their most selfless acts was to carry wounded Aussie soldiers out of the harsh terrain of the Kokoda Track to hospitals . The legend of the ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels’ came to light when soldiers began sending poems and letters to their families back home mentioning the Angels.
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Raphael Oimbari helps George "Dick" Whittington.
Slowly but surely the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels are being fully recognized for their heroic efforts during WWII. Affectionately referred to as Fuzzy Wuzzies by the Australian soldiers (because of their hair), these brave Paupua New Guinea villagers were instrumental in carrying sick and wounded diggers out of the rugged terrain of Kokoda during World War II. One Aussie digger said of them …“They carried stretchers over seemingly impassable barriers, with the patient reasonably comfortable. The care they give to the patient is magnificent. If night finds the stretcher still on the track, they will find a level spot and build a shelter over the patient. They will make him as comfortable as possible fetch him water and feed him if food is available, regardless of their own needs. They sleep four each side of the stretcher and if the patient moves or requires any attention during the night, this is given instantly. These were the deeds of the ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels’ – for us!”
It is also noted that not one injured soldier was ever abandoned by the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels even when under heavy fire from the enemy. It has long been a travesty that it took the Australian Government until 2008 to recognize these brave men for their courage and bravery.
Today Papua New Guinea is celebrating “Fuzzy Wuzzy Day” with 6 Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels to receive special honour of Australia medallions.
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A meter long you say?
Oh for crying out loud as if Queensland doesn’t have enough evil wildlife to keep them paranoid and nervous they now have to fear “Fishzilla” the meter long blood thirsty fish.The fish, also known as snakehead, can breathe out of water and friggin walk on land!Holy crap! The nasty creature can be found in Papua New Guinea but fears are mounting that they could find their way to the Australian coast. Hmm, wonder if they like eating Cane Toads? Anywho, the other pest authorities are concerned about is the climbing perch, this little sucker uses its pectoral fins to move across land and climb trees. Simply wonderful.
Hero alert. If you want something done properly, do it yourself. That’s exactly what Justice Graham Ellis did when he got no joy from the buck passing government authorities in Papua New Guinea. He and his staff donned on their rubber gloves and gum boots,armed themselves with buckets and a hose and got down on all fours and began scrubbing 5 condemned police cells and toilets in Wabag. Chief Inspector Martin Lakari and the police department looked on in horror and embarrassment as the respected judge scrubbed away. They felt even more ashamed when Justice Ellis and his staff refused their help. The filthy police cell blocks were condemned in 2006 as being unfit for human occupation and since then there has been much ado about nothing in rectifying the problem. Enter Justice Ellis and his staff. Bravo.
Oh dear, a Papua New Guinea policewoman and a bank robber have been blown to kingdom come after he accidentally detonated a hand grenade. Pawa Moni had been a fugitive for nearly two years when he was caught in the Western Highlands. Unfortunately the police failed to search him properly and when he tried to escape from the police car ,while holding the grenade, the pin came out.Kaboom! Three other policemen were injured in the explosion!
WTF. Fifty four Papua New Guinea prisoners have escaped. WTF, because prison wardens at the Bomana Correctional Institution near Port Moresby are on strike over a pay dispute. WTF, it took several hours for anyone to realise they had gone AWOL. WTF, most of the police couldn’t respond anyways because they were working at the friggin rugby league match involving the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII. WTF, 50 are still on the loose! WTF!