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Mother Praises PM For Buying Son’s Milk

Aqela Buki, 20, will be forever indebted to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for being there for her and her baby son in their hour of need. Ms Buki was among
07 Jan 2019 11:57
Mother Praises PM For Buying Son’s Milk
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama chats with Aqela Buki and her 1-year-old son Emoni Tuimatai at the Marist Champagnat Institute evacuation centre in Vatuwaqa on January 06, 2019. Photo: Wati Talebula.

Aqela Buki, 20, will be forever indebted to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for being there for her and her baby son in their hour of need.

Ms Buki was among those who sheltered at the Marist Champagnat Institute evacuation centre in Vatuwaqa since Saturday to shelter from Cyclone Mona. She resides at Nanuku Settlement.

The young mother had given her one-year-old son Emoni Tuimatai his last bottle of milk on Saturday night. She had no money to buy a new packet of milk.

Ms Buki was surprised when Mr Bainimarama visited them to assess the situation.

“When the PM arrived we were caught unaware because we did not expect him to visit us. He saw my son running around so he started to play with him. He asked me if my son had milk and I told him that it has finished,” she said.

“What the PM didn’t know was that my son’s milk finished on Saturday night. I fed him tea this morning (Sunday). I was waiting for my son’s father to come from Naitasiri so that I can tell him to buy Emoni’s milk.

“The PM left and then after sometime he returned. This time he brought milk for my son and groceries for those at the evacuation centre. I didn’t know what to say because I was really surprised. I was not expecting this from him.

“No words can describe how I feel right now and I am thankful to him for thinking of my son. When I didn’t have any hope he renewed my hope and reminds me that there are still some good people out there.

“He bought my son’s milk and the groceries from his own money and I think that is what makes him different. He gave selflessly without expecting anything in return.”
Lavenia Volaukitoga, 56, of Nanuku Settlement said it was the first time she met Mr Bainimarama in person.

“When we came to the evacuation centre on Saturday night we only had cooked rice, cassava and eggplant curry and nothing else. Today (Sunday) I was worried about what we would be eating,” Ms Volaukitoga said.

“I am thankful that Mr Bainimarama is still thinking of us and it feels good to see that someone of a high position is thinking of us who are not well-off.

“I have been living at Wailea Settlement for the past 17 years and always go to the evacuation centre whenever a cyclone and hurricane warning is issued. His actions and gestures showed that he cares for Fijians.

“I am blessed to have met Mr Bainimarama.”
There were about 25 people sheltered at the evacuation centre.

Edited by Percy Kean
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