04 September, 2008
Assistance to the Victims of the Bus Fire
The victims and families of the bus fire that killed 10 people (now 11 as of yesterday) are being accommodated at the Soqosoqo Vakamarama Hall at Delainabua. I visited the victims yesterday with a small personal cash donation. It was sad to hear the stories of the victims. You can see the suffering in their eyes and feel it in their midst. While there yesterday, it was quite embarrassing to see that apart from myself, only another group made up of ladies from the Centenary Church in Suva, were the only Fijians to visit. As a Fijian, I just wonder what has happened to our culture of "veinanumi" and "veikauwaitaki". We were the only two Fijians (or groups of Fijians) not related to the victims that visited. In the meantime, I observed groups and groups of Indo-Fijians (businesses, groups and individuals) coming with items and cash donations for the victims. Can I make a general call to all Fijians to please visit the victims with whatever little you can take. Being in their midst to share with their grief is all they need. Nothing more, nothing less! Vinaka.