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Victims tell of ordeals

Dawn Gibson
Thursday, December 05, 2013

IT was an emotional day yesterday for members of the public who attended the LTA World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2013.

Fiji joined another 110 countries that also marked the day yesterday to remember those whose lives were affected by road accidents.

"Every year, crashes take the lives of almost 1.24million people and injure as many as 50million more, leaving some with permanent disability," LTA CEO Naisa Tuinaceva said.

"However, behind these statistics are grieving parents, children, siblings, colleagues and friends. Their struggle is not only emotional, traffic accidents often take a severe financial toll, with many families reduced to poverty."

Sharing their experiences yesterday were two women, who had been forever scarred by the impacts of road fatalities — one having lost her husband and another having suffered the tragic permanent disability of her son.

"My family went through a lot of struggle after the sudden departure of both a father and a husband," said widowed Salanieta Buluvale whose husband died at the hands of a careless driver last year.

A mother, Aisha Farik, shared the torture she went through after her son was badly injured during an accident earlier this year.

"Even today, sometimes he wakes up and decides that he wants to commit suicide — this breaks my heart," she said.