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Graves under water

Frederica Elbourne
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

EDWARD Gaul survived a broken finger the day he was thrown six metres into the air by a sugar cane train.

On the same day, many years ago, the same train crashed killing him instantly.

His body is among those buried in a waterlogged cemetery at Togoru in Navua, not far from the scene of the accident.

The story - of a waterlogged cemetery - was retold by Suva Christian Community School students Justin Hickes and Valerie Chute in their depiction of the mindless approach nature can take through climate change.

The two are among 18 other contributors of a photography exhibition at the Fiji Museum which showcases areas around Viti Levu and the Pacific affected by climate change.

"All the graves now lie submerged in the ocean at high tide and at low tide they are exposed all topsy-turvy and covered in barnacles.

"Foreigners and environmentalists have been monitoring the rise of the sea level and the rapid erosion of the land in Togoru but so far nothing has been done to fix this problem," Hickes and Chute pointed out in their supporting story for the photo exhibition.

The exhibition, organised by Canada-based non government organization Many Strong Voices will be launched on August 19 and ends on September 30.

Curator and organiser of the exhibition Christine Germano said they hoped to take two participants from the Fiji exhibition to South Africa towards the end of the year.