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Winston Heroine Receives President’s Medal

  Kinisimere Babasiga risked her own life to save a physically-challenged mother and her three-year-old daughter at the height of Tropical Cyclone Winston. The full story of that dramatic act
25 Feb 2017 11:36
Winston Heroine Receives President’s Medal
Standing tall…13 year-old Kinisimere Babasiga with her grandfather, Levani Tamani 66 after reviving President's Medal (PM) during Order of Fiji investiture ceremony at State House yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

 

Kinisimere Babasiga risked her own life to save a physically-challenged mother and her three-year-old daughter at the height of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The full story of that dramatic act of courage and compassion was talked by people at the investiture ceremony at the State House in Suva, yesterday.

The 13-year-old stood tall among 59 others who received the Order of Fiji award from President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote.

She received the President’s Medal (PM).

Kinisimere is originally from Delaikutu, Namena, Tailevu and has been staying with her grandparents since childhood.

She is a Year 9 student at Queen Victoria School.

Kinisimere said: “I am so happy to receive President’s Medal.

“During Cyclone Winston, our house was blown away and we had to move to our neighbour’s house,” she said.

Kinisimere said her neighbours gave them some dry clothes to wear.

“My grandmother also gave me some dry clothes for the physically disabled mother and her three-year-old daughter. That’s when I came to know that they were missing,” she said.

“I then realised that they were back in our collapsed house. So I left the clothes with my grandmother and ran back to what was left of our house.”

Kinisimere said in the strong wind and flying debris, she called out their names.

“The daughter answered me and she was crying. She was not with her mother.

“So I ran to her from the place she was answering me. She was trapped under a cupboard. I dragged the cupboard to save her,” she said.

Kinisimere said the three-year-old child was scared so she hugged her and she then went to help the mother.

“After saving the two, we held hands and went to our neighbour’s place for shelter.

“I feel happy that I saved the mother and he daughter and I know that if you help others, God will help you,” she said.

Her grandfather, Levani Tamani, said: “During the height of Tropical Cyclone I was not in my village but I was so happy and proud when I heard from the villagers about my granddaughters bravely act.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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