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Editorial: Lautoka family sets fine example of human resilience to Opposition

Editorial: Lautoka family sets fine example of human resilience to Opposition
Mere Lico with son Emosi Seru, husband Etuate Nagata and Lusiana Lewavesi who all take a break from doing their Laundry at Paipai River. Photo: Arvind Pillay
April 14
11:55 2018

The next session of Parliament beginning on Monday is expected to be intense.

In light of speculations about the timing of the general election, politicians are making the most of the opportunities that come their way.

They are going to give it all they have in the debating chambers of Parliament to try to impress the voters one more time.

As the guessing game about the election dates continues, Opposition politicians won’t be missing any chance to make their views known to the voters, especially if they are thinking that the election could be early.

The focus of the debate in this session is expected to be on the rehabilitation work after TC Josie and TC Keni. In a natural disaster like these two cyclones we can expect feelings to get frayed as everyone is desperate to bounce back to normal as quickly as possible. When there is delay tension rises.

It does not help when politicians jump into the ring and use their spin.

It is now common knowledge how some Opposition politicians deliberately spread lies about Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama that he was in Hong Kong watching sevens rugby and at the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games during the cyclones and the floods.

As we all know Mr Bainimarama has been prominent in visiting disaster victims. Those visits were extensively covered by the local media. But some conveniently ignored them and embarked on a sinister crusade to discredit the excellent work Mr Bainimarama has been doing. In times like this we can do without the dirty politics and come together to help rebuild lives, homes, livelihoods and the economy.

Also in times like this politicians need to dig deep into the souls of the humanity in all of us to see that even during times of disaster, people rise above despair and insurmountable odds, to express their gratitude that their loved ones are safe. While lives were lost during TC Josie, no one died from the impact of TC Keni. That in itself is a wonderful blessing that we need to recognise and we must thank God for it and all those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe.

Opposition Politicians should learn from the experience and humble testimony of Etuate Nagata, wife Mere Lico and their children of Naikabula, Lautoka. The family is looking on the bright side of life. Without water and electricity, the members have found that the disaster had brought them closer together. Without television, they have more time  to talk to each other. They now go as a family to the Paipai River to bathe and wash their clothes. They are treating it as a family picnic. Ms Lico says in the midst of suffering, chaos and loss, people must always remain positive to survive.

Their experience gives a different complexion to human response after a disaster and it is something that we can all draw strength from.

There are others out there like them and these are the people that make rehabilitation work easier.

As parliamentarians go to Parliament on Monday we hope their contributions will help in rebuilding and rehabilitation. The Naikabula family has set a fine example to all of us – an example of human resilience.

Nemani Delaibatiki

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

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