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Horse Ride To Deliver Urgent Supplies

  Help has arrived at Maniava Settlement, which is at the foot of the Nakauvadra mountain range in Ra. Thanks to the Anglican Church. Speaking to the Fiji Sun yesterday,
01 Mar 2016 12:21
Horse Ride To Deliver Urgent Supplies

 

Help has arrived at Maniava Settlement, which is at the foot of the Nakauvadra mountain range in Ra. Thanks to the Anglican Church.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun yesterday, Reverend Claude Fong Toy who is the Dean of the Anglican Holy Trinity Cathedral, Suva, said they had witnessed firsthand the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“It was a very emotional time with the people there,” he said.

“We listened as they shared their horrific experiences of the previous Saturday night, but at the end they were always thankful to God for his protection.”

Three villagers were injured during the height of the cyclone with one being in a serious condition and was admitted at the Rakiraki Hospital.

He was discharged last Saturday.

Dean Claude said the cyclone destroyed 28 of the 32 houses in the community along with all their crops.

“Despite all of that has happened, the villagers have begun rebuilding their lives.

“The villages are in great need for tents and other items for temporary shelter.”

The community headman and the church wardens distributed relief rations to the 32 families. He indicated that they were determined to get to the remote community after the first attempt by the Diocesan secretary,  John Simmons, was unsuccessful, because of a damaged Irish crossing.

The team could not get to the village because of a road blockage, and had to resort to horseback.

 

Background of Maniava descendants

They are of the Malaita tribe from the Solomon Islands residing in the heart of the Ra province had made their home in Maniava Settlement, Tokaimalo, Ra, after being given 1000 acres of land by the landowners at Nayaulevu Village.

Maniava is an hour van ride from the Kings Highway in the interior mountains. This isolation is amplified by the poorly cut and unused track that links Maniava to the nearest village. They are members of the Anglican Church. Edited by Maraia Vula

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