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Thank You All, And Let’s Not Forget Our Local Relief Workers

Our country has gone through a lot. The lives of many of our people are not going to be the same again. That’s the stark reality of what we have
13 Mar 2016 08:57
Thank You All, And Let’s Not Forget Our Local Relief Workers

Our country has gone through a lot. The lives of many of our people are not going to be the same again. That’s the stark reality of what we have faced after Cyclone Winston struck.

Many lives have been lost. Most of the affected families are now homeless with their homes and belongings all destroyed. Farmers have lost their crops along with their livestock. Many who were injured are still admitted in hospital. For children who have survived the ordeal, it’s going to have an effect on them.

Never before has any country in the Pacific region been hit by a Category 5 cyclone. We are first.

However, as a religious nation, we are grateful to the fact, that through divine intervention we are able to reach this far.

It has not been an easy journey, but we need to appreciate the fact, that we’ve got ‘guardian angels’ who have stood up to help us in our hour of need.

Today, we’ve got help coming from all corners of the globe. Our neighbours Australia and New Zealand are here in full force to help rebuild the islands of Koro and Vanuabalavu who were the worst hit. The French have been assisting in whatever way they can. China, and India along with our island neighbours, Tuvalu, Nauru, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea have showed they truly care.

International organisations like the United Nations agencies, Red Cross and the European Union have led the charge in helping. They are joined by non government organisations and the business sector as well. Religious groups have begun their visiting programmes to affected areas, evacuation centres, farms and schools.

Also former Fijian residents living overseas have organised their fundraising drives. Our sporting heroes in the likes of Nemani Nadolo and Roy Krishna have come in with whatever they can contribute towards the rebuilding process.

As we appreciate what have been contributed so far, we should not forget the long hours of hard work put in by our local relief workers along with volunteers.

Most of our relief workers are members of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Fiji Police Force, Fiji Corrections Service, medical workers, and civil servants who are right in the frontline reaching out to the affected victims.

They are joined by Fiji Electricity Authority, Water Authority of Fiji and Fiji Roads Authority’s contractor workers who are spending countless hours in these affected areas trying to repair the damages done in order to restore power, water supply and roads.

These are our unsung heroes, who rightly deserve a pat on the back and a big Thank You, as a show of appreciation for all the sacrifices and services they have done for our beloved nation.

 

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