Letters To The Editor, 30th, November, 2016
Tomasi Boginiso, Nasinu
The children of Nakelo District School in Tailevu toured the Western Division arriving very early to the village of Viseisei.
They were hosted to a breakfast by the Nakelo clan of Vuda.
After which they were then transferred to the Anchorage Marina for a boat ride to Beachcomber Island Resort.
Upon their arrival at the resort, there was a gallant welcome by the staff and management of Beachcomber, with water activities springing from all sides.
The children were so jubilant in seeing most for the very first time.
After being briefed by the resort management, the children boarded a glass bottom boat for a coral viewing and fish feeding trip.
They were then free to swim and snorkel in the clear crystal waters of the Mamanuca Group.
The children of Nakelo also entertained guests with a few items they had prepared and then they were hosted to a mouthwatering lunch which made the trip even more one to be remembered.
Then it was time to board the boat back for the mainland and the resort staff gathered at the beach singing the farewell Isa Lei song.
Even arriving at the Anchorage Marina, they were also met by the staff of the Anchorage Beach Resort.
The children were then transported back to the Viseisei Village for a dinner hosted by the Nakelo clan.
The management and teachers of Nakelo District School would like to take this opportunity to thank the Taukei Nakelo clan of Viseisei Vuda and the staff and management of Beachcomber Island Resort.
Unite to combat rape
Wise Muavono , Lautoka
Rape is a serious problem in our country that is continuously increasing and is one of the fastest growing crimes in Fiji.
Rape is not a crime that only hurts someone for a moment but shatters their (victims) entire life.
This means that most victims never recover from being a victim of such a devastating act.
Majority of rape victims are under the age of 18, and it is absolutely sickening that men would take advantage of them.
In my opinion, the attitudes we possess and the behaviour we exemplify create an atmosphere that tolerates and downplays rape.
A prominent example of concern is when the blame is imposed on the victim.
We tend to focus on what the victim was wearing, drinking or doing and this shifts the focus away from the perpetrator.
This implies that individuals should censor themselves to avoid being assaulted, that somehow the victim is responsible.
Some victims cannot cope with the fact that they have been raped and can resort to suicide as an escape from the shame and pain that they feel – unfortunately, increasing the rates of suicide in the country.
If we set aside our differences and challenge gender stereotypes, perhaps, we can dismantle the attitudes and behaviours that continue to reinforce rape.
I suggest that our Police officers take immediate and proper action when rape cases are reported.
Government should change the legal process of dealing with such crimes and our mentality needs to be changed when it comes to rape.
It is never too late to save our beautiful country.
If we come together as one nation, we can stop this epidemic once and for all.
I hope that my comments will be taken into consideration and something will be done about this problem urgently.