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EDITORIAL: Families Of Fallen Heroes Deserved Compensation

Many years ago, a widow in Tailevu went to a nearby river to catch prawns daily and sell them to earn money so that she could buy food for her
15 Jun 2015 12:16
EDITORIAL: Families Of  Fallen Heroes Deserved Compensation

Many years ago, a widow in Tailevu went to a nearby river to catch prawns daily and sell them to earn money so that she could buy food for her children.

Twenty kilometres away another widow was contemplating going into prostitution in order to take care of her children.

Both had lost their husbands who were on peace-keeping duties in the Middle East. With virtually no one to turn to for help, their plight turned to desperation. Their stories highlighted the devastating and traumatic experiences of many families of soldiers who died while serving their country.

The regimental fund only took care of the funeral expenses and other minor incidentals. There was no structure to sufficiently deal with the enormity of the needs and challenges facing the affected families.

The issue pricked the conscience of the then upper House, the Senate, and a bill was introduced to alleviate the widows’ suffering. Subsequently, an allowance paid to the families was increased.

Since 2000, after Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama became Commander of the RFMF, things have changed for the better for military families.

Then came the big one. The multi-million dollar compensation payout to families of those in the military killed or injured while serving Fiji, was a landmark decision.

 

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any years ago, a widow in Tailevu went to a nearby river to catch prawns daily and sell them to earn money so that she could buy food for her children.

Twenty kilometres away another widow was contemplating going into prostitution in order to take care of her children.

Both had lost their husbands who were on peace-keeping duties in the Middle East. With virtually no one to turn to for help, their plight turned to desperation. Their stories highlighted the devastating and traumatic experiences of many families of soldiers who died while serving their country.

The regimental fund only took care of the funeral expenses and other minor incidentals. There was no structure to sufficiently deal with the enormity of the needs and challenges facing the affected families.

The issue pricked the conscience of the then upper House, the Senate, and a bill was introduced to alleviate the widows’ suffering. Subsequently, an allowance paid to the families was increased.

Since 2000, after Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama became Commander of the RFMF, things have changed for the better for military families.

Then came the big one. The multi-million dollar compensation payout to families of those in the military killed or injured while serving Fiji, was a landmark decision.

 

Student exchange programe will lift education level

 

The five high school students, who will be studying in Fiji for a year under the Fiji Government’s Humanitarian Assistance Project for the Tohoku Region, are ready to start their school year with their Fijian counterparts this week.

The students are part of a group of 11 students who were affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan early last year.

The assistance is the Fijian Government’s initiative co-ordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation to assist families devastated by the earthquake and tsunami.

The project involves relocating selected Japanese students to Fiji to study for up to one year as guests of the Fiji Government and hosted by the Ministry of Education and the Fiji National University. Following the natural disaster Prime Minister Bainimarama had made the offer of assistance to his Japanese counterpart. The project involves relocating selected Japanese students to Fiji to study for up to one year as guests of the Fiji Government and hosted by the Ministry of Education and the Fiji National University. Following is the Fijian Government’s initiative co-ordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation to the natural disaster Prime Minister Bainimarama had made the offer of assistance to his Japanese counterpart.

The five high school students will be studying at Adi Cakobau and Nasinu Secondary Schools. The remaining six students who are due to arrive on February 17 will be studying at the Fiji National University

 

 


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