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Ra vigil nears end

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, July 25, 2014

THE people of Ra Province are nearing the end of the three-month vigil which involved fasting and a ban on yaqona, alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking.

Yesterday, the ceremonial lamp used as a symbol of hope for a renewed future, was taken to Balekinaga Village, escorted by a 200-strong crowd from Nalidi Village.

Provincial administrator Kepeli Kubunameca said the province had witnessed positive development within the past two months.

"According to our police department, there are fewer crimes being reported from our police posts," he said.

"I think that people are now starting to reflect on the importance of improving not only their spiritual growth but also their daily lives.

"People are following the law and there is now a more community-based approach to everything that is being done in our villages and in the districts."

He said past relationships between individuals and whole villages had also been repaired during the vigil.

"I've witnessed for myself disputes that have carried on for years being resolved and people are coming together now for the betterment of the province.

"We hope that this positive move will continue and we pray that the province will now start to heal and its people become more successful in everything they do."

The provincial administrator added at the end of the three-month vigil, the same ban would be implemented on the first 15 days of each month until the year 2016.