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Grieving Mother, 70, Helped By Rosy Akbar

Seventy-eight-year-old Paragi thanked the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar and her ministry for taking the initiative to make funeral arrangements for her daughter, Sushila Wati. Ms
13 Jan 2016 09:30
Grieving Mother, 70, Helped By Rosy Akbar
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar (right) comforting Paragi (middle) during a funeral at Babasiga Ashram in Labasa on Friday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

Seventy-eight-year-old Paragi thanked the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar and her ministry for taking the initiative to make funeral arrangements for her daughter, Sushila Wati.

Ms Akbar and her team organised the funeral service after the relatives of the deceased refused to front up the role.

Ms Paragi, who is originally from Karokaro in Macuata, was living with her mentally challenged daughter at the Babasiga Ashram for the last three years.

While attending the funeral in Labasa last Friday, Ms Akbar said one of the key priorities for her Ministry was to ensure the welfare and wellbeing of senior citizens in Fiji were taken care of.

“We are all human beings and every religion teaches us to honour, respect and take care of our parents,” Ms Akbar said.

“Parents have worked tirelessly to raise their children, to build their families and their contributions cannot go unrecognised. They deserve to age with dignity and respect. Senior citizens belong with their families.”

She said it was sad to see that some senior citizens were left at age care homes.

“There was a time where elders and grandparents used to be the head of the house, but sad to see that this culture is slowly fading away.

“It is my humble request to the families to please take good care of your parents. Senior citizens are the ones who have worked hard to build this nation and they have so much knowledge and wisdom about life,” Ms Akbar said.

“If you need any help, please talk to us, we can assist you.”

Meanwhile, the funeral was held at the Vaturekuka Cemetery outside Labasa Town.

 

Edited by Filipe Naigulevu

Feedback: shratikan@fijisun.com.fj



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