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Love and respect

Litia Vulaidausiga
Monday, August 04, 2014

With bated breath, Alimalu reclines on her bed, overlooking the new subdivision that unfolds before her humble abode at Field 40, Lautoka.

At 102 years of age, her withered hands, sagging face and bent frame speak of a life long lived and served for others.

Known to family and friends as Amra Wati, the centurion was discharged from the Lautoka Hospital after a two-week admission.

Her nephew Mani Naidu, in whose care she had been for the past 32 years, was advised by doctors to continue watching her and despite the difficulty of the task, his sense of duty is unflinching.

"It is our job to look after her, she is a blessing and is like my mother," he said.

A paternal aunt to Mr Naidu, she was born in Ba, the second youngest of indentured labourers from Madras, India.

She is now the last of her generation, having buried all her six siblings, husband and daughter.

"Mostly she does not even know what day it is but she has always been with us, helping raise my own children," said Mr Naidu.

Ms Wati is barely audible but there is a deep sense of love that sifts through the dark room, reminding visitors of deep affection and respect that she still commands.








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