Melissa took to the streets of Madang last Thursday with her camera to capture still pictures of potholes, uncollected piles of rubbish, betelnut spittle on roads and pavements as well as the dirty beach fronts.
She posted the pictures on social media via Facebook and tagged every other mainstream journalist whom she was friends with to spread the word on behalf of the rest of the residents’ of how bad Madang has become over the years.
“I’ve been living here all my life to watch this little tourism town deteriorate before my eyes. It is unbearable,” says Melissa in her post.
“We have leaders who probably just don’t care and we have roads that have been unsealed for as long as I can remember. There is rubbish pile all over the town and still yet to be collected by the town authorities.”
Being a recent graduate at the Divine Word University herself, Melissa also noted the population increase with the rise in criminal activities in the province.
“I for one do not feel safe anymore in the town I once called home. Madang has lost its title as ‘Beautiful Madang’”.
“The reason why I tagged everyone I knew in the mainstream media industry is simple because my single voice cannot be heard. Please help save my home.”