The recent bus tragedy was shared by one and all, here and abroad but in particular, it was a tragedy that was acutely felt by the people of Fiji, transcending the invisible ethnic barriers that went up post-coup 2006.
In the last 21months, Fiji and her people have bravely carried the weight and burden of this tyrannical regime, with all the dignity they could muster, in order to provide their families especially, their children, a semblance of normality.
Though largely unspoken, this tragedy brought home everything that has been so wrong since the coup of Dec06; it is symptomatic of a cancerous nation, of a deteriorating economy, of a dispirited people, held at bay by their own insecurities, the fear of guns, and threats of violence by their own military force.
This article by F/Times Chief of Bureau Western Margaret Wise, of a father losing his young daughter touched us deeply here at SV and served as a reminder that it is really those at the grassroots level, the innocent, the young and helpless, who stand to lose most in this vicious cycle of coups that continuously grips Fiji.
As fellow blogger Katalina said in an earlier thread, it’s time that we, the better equipped, think not of only saving our own but of reaching out and helping others climb up to where we are instead of continuously climbing on their shoulders and heads in our bid to reach the top first.
Dad saved a girl he thought was his own
By MARGARET WISE – Tuesday, September 02, 2008, F/T Online