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Scariest Night Of Our Lives: Husband

It was the grace of God which saved me, says 70-year-old Jowana Bari. “Everything happened so quickly on that fateful night, and the last thing I remembered was our broken
26 Feb 2016 13:06
Scariest Night Of Our Lives:  Husband
Jowana Bari of Savusavu Village in Nalawa, Ra, with the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate, at Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Suva, yesterday. Photo: Ministry of Health

It was the grace of God which saved me, says 70-year-old Jowana Bari.

“Everything happened so quickly on that fateful night, and the last thing I remembered was our broken walls and the fallen pawpaw and coconut trees and I found myself under a whiteboard,” she said.

“I’m glad to be alive.”

Mr and Mrs Bari were brought to Suva’s Colonial War Memorial Hospital by their nephew after they suffered injuries at their village of Savusavu in Nalawa, Ra, over the weekend.

Mrs Bari said: “We were alone at home and it was during dinner when we felt the strong winds; I was sitting at the dinner table in the kitchen when the lemon tree outside the kitchen fell and busted the wall of our house which let the strong winds to come in.

“The whiteboard was what saved me; the board had fallen flat on top of a fallen pawpaw tree and a coconut tree and I lay beneath it between the fallen trees as the house collapsed around us,” she said.

Her husband, Etuate Bari, who was in another bed in the hospital, described last Saturday night as the scariest night in their lives.

He said: “When the wind blew strongly I tried to fix one side of our wall by hammering it but it was too late.

“We lost everything we had – our house, clothes, and everything we own but we thank God for saving our lives.”

 

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