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Blood ties still strong

Ana Madigibuli
Sunday, June 22, 2014

A BOND built on strong foundations brought Nauruan President Baron Divavesi Waqa to the village of his father — Naloto in Tailevu yesterday.

President Waqa got a chance to visit with his family after attending the Pacific Islands Development Forum in Nadi this week.

He said his links to the village of Naloto went back to his grandfather Ratu Jona Divavesi Waqa who worked as a doctor in Nauru in the 1930s.

"My grandfather was the first Fijian in Nauru in 1930 and he married a local and had children during his stay, one of whom was my father," Mr Waqa said.

"My grandfather and grandmother got separated later and my grandfather had to come back because of World War II which started in Europe back then.

"Even though there was a separation we were attached by a strong bond with the people here in Naloto Village."

He said they did not have to research to find out about their link to the village as everyone there was fully aware of their relatives in Nauru.

"I said earlier to the people that it's sad that I do not see the familiar faces of relatives that I knew as they have passed by the time of this visit," he said.

"I hope that young ones in the village will know and remember that they also have relatives and cousins back in Nauru.

"When we meet families again our emotions take over and it's one of those things that show that we are close and have deep respect for each other."

Mr Waqa said he was always happy to associate himself with Fiji.

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