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Adi Ema's healing gift

Serafina Silaitoga
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

ADI Ema Navari is 78-years old.

But memories of her childhood days growing up in the village of Daria in Wainunu, Bua, Vanua Levu remains clear as events of recent days.

When Adi Ema, who is also known as bu Ema, talks about her fishing trips with friends, details entailed with the story and the hand gestures as she explains the river of Daria speak volumes of how good her memory was.

"Tu'ga a gauna re a o'ku gauna ni vuli. Au tau lai siwa va'a e'i ira a o'kui caba ka tua gauna marau a'ki tina (I loved my school days as I used to go fishing with my friends and we used to have so much fun)," Adi Ema said.

Despite having her right leg amputated, Adi Ema cooks her own food, washes her clothes, weaves mats and helps look after her great grandchildren.

Adi Ema is also known for her gifted healing hands that cure scabies around the stomach or chest which forms into a belt shape known in some places as beleti or voki in the province of Bua.

People from all walks of life have visited her home in the village seeking her help in ridding the infection.