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Headgirl Shogra Focused After Cyclone Trauma

The scars left by Tropical Cyclone Winston will not stop, Shogra Ashiana Bi from leading more than hundred students at Dobuilevu Muslim Primary School in Ra. The 16-year-old headgirl from
02 Apr 2016 11:16
Headgirl Shogra Focused  After Cyclone Trauma
Dobuilevu Muslim Primary School headgirl, Sogra Ashiana Bi with her mum , Wakesa Rokoloma and her dad , Mohammed Riyaz at the school in Ra yesterday . Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

The scars left by Tropical Cyclone Winston will not stop, Shogra Ashiana Bi from leading more than hundred students at Dobuilevu Muslim Primary School in Ra.

The 16-year-old headgirl from Vunikavikaloa Settlement was among children who had lost their homes after the destructive cyclone hit Fiji in February.

“My family lost everything during the cyclone, even my books and all my school stationeries were also damaged and my parents had to buy new ones so that I can study,” Shogra said.

“Sometimes when I sit in school and think about what we went through that night, how the strong winds took down our house and we had to run for cover from one house to another, it brings tears.

“Never in my life had I faced such experience, but that didn’t stop me from attending school and carrying out my duty as the head girl of the school.”

Shogra said she had never stopped attending school since school started after the cyclone.

“When I saw the situation of the school, all roofs blown off and classrooms flooded, I was really saddened. But then deep inside me I knew that I had a role in my school so I started encouraging my friends,” she said.

“Our parents came and they started cleaning up the school. We also helped with the school cleaning and made sure that all students were ready for school.

“We want to thank our teachers, the Fiji Muslim League for their help and our parents for their support.”

Her mother, 24-year-old Wakesa Rokololoma said she was pregnant with her seventh child when the cyclone hit.

“I was nine months at that time; and few days after the cyclone hit I gave birth to my seventh child and I am glad that the baby is now healthy and safe,” Ms Rokololoma said.

“Sometimes when I think about what happened that night, it really brings tears to my eyes and the next day we had to pick up all the corrugated iron from our rooftops which was blown metres away from our house.”

Shogra’s father, Mohammed Faiyaz said his daughter showed resilience during the time of the cyclone and to see her stepping up to her role as the headgirl was a perfect example of a good leader.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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