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Honouring the dead

Ana Madigibuli
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

THE souls of many girmitiya who are buried at the Nasilai shoreline will be proud of what is being done to commemorate the hardship they faced on board the vessel Syria 135 years ago.

A monument, which is to be constructed at the burial site, is expected to be completed soon with the Government of India contributing $80,000.

The roadworks have just started with drainage system being completed last week.

Dharam Digging Works director and contractor Avinesh Jeet said they were hoping to complete the first stage of the roadworks and would move on to the construction of the remembrance monument.

Mr Jeet said they were doing detailed roadworks on the area so people could have proper access to the burial site and the monument that would be constructed.

"We need the Indian High Commission to help us in releasing the rest of the funds needed in constructing the road and monument," he said.

Seremaia Waqainabete said they needed to get the rest of the funds so they could complete the work on time.

"We have received $14,000 so far and the contractors have done the drainage system and have cleared most of the area," Mr Waqainabete said.

"We want a proper road that goes to the burial site and a proper resting area where people can rest when visiting the site, especially close families of the late girmitiya who are buried here."


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