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Fijians Should Consider Themselves Lucky: Youth

Fijians Should Consider Themselves Lucky: Youth
From left: Edward Rakaseta, Anaseini Conivanua, chairman of International Human Rights Commission Muhammed Khan and Broderick Mervyn. Photo: Broderick Mervyn
December 21
19:06 2016

Fijians need to appreciate everything that they have, even if it’s little, says Fijian youth Broderick Mervyn.

Mr Mervyn recently returned from the World Youth Summit in Pakistan, which took place from December 8 to 12 this year.

“Whatever the media has portrayed about Pakistan in regards to the warfare and other things that are happening in Pakistan, it’s not all true. Pakistan is actually quite a lovely place especially in this time near Christmas,” the 20-year-old said.

Mr Mervyn was one of the three Fijian delegates who attended the youth summit. After returning on Monday, they shared how lucky people were in Fiji compared to Pakistan.

“It’s Pakistan, so you know the dangers, the circumstances that will come your way but you have to be prepared because anything could happen,” Mr Mervyn said.

“You’ll be surprised to know despite the many small incidents that we heard in Pakistan that had occurred like the plane crash that happened two days after we arrived. We are all good, safe and taken care of because the Government was heavily involved in this project.

“I informed my delegates, as a Head Delegate, ‘Don’t be surprised of what you have heard but rather experience it for yourself then you tell me’.”

As he boarded the plane for Pakistan, he was excited and wondered what to expect as soon as the plane landed.

To his surprise, he was thankful that there were not any bomb threats.

“When we got off, we had transport waiting for us. We had top security because it was an international event and there were 83 countries that were taking part. So the event itself was quite an intensive one but we were well secured and looked after pretty well,” he said.

Mr Mervyn said the experience of travelling to Pakistan was life changing.

“Youth empowerment that is a real concern in Fiji. We believe that young people’s voice is still not being heard. These workshops and conferences are good but there must be more done on a larger scale,” he said. Edited by Naisa Koroi



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