Wantoks rally behind PNG's flag designer

A peaceful sit-in protest is currently underway outside the Port Moresby General Hospital.

Relatives of the PNG flag designer, Susan Karike Huhume, are showing moral support for their wantok. They are taking up the cry for better entitlements for the brains behind the country's flag.

Spokesperson Saba Savara said they started gathering early this morning after reading a story from Loop PNG yesterday.

"We are planning on staying here until we get a government representative to come and give an insight into what plans are there for her," Savara told Loop PNG.

"We appeal to our Gulf MPs and NCD leaders to support us, become our voice and bring it up to the government to recognise our flag designer."

Susan is currently on life support at the Port Moresby General Hospital's intensive care unit.

Distraught husband Nanny Huhume is appealing to the government to help move her to a better health facility.

From Meii village in Gulf Province, Susan designed the flag in 1971 while she was a student at the Sacred Heart Mission School on Yule Island.

On 16th September, 1975, the new PNG flag carrying Susan’s design was raised at the Independence Hill at Waigani, in Port Moresby.

Carmella Gware