A mother’s struggle

Ilisapeci Vua with her two children, Laite Likusadole (4-years-old) and baby Samu Navunicagi (5 months) Picture: SIKELI QOUNADOVU

ONCE every month for the past five months, Ilisapeci Vua had to endure the treacherous trek of taking her baby for clinic appointment at the Nasoqo nursing station.

When she was six months pregnant, she left her home to be in Suva to wait for the delivery of her second child.

Two weeks after giving birth Ms Vua returned to the village with her husband.

They got off at Nasoqo Village, crossed the raging Wainasoqo river five times before the steep climb to the village.

“I had just given birth and returning to the village was really tough,” she said.

“Every month, I have to take my baby for clinic, I have to be very careful because one wrong step and we can roll down the slope or we can be swept away by the strong current. When my husband is out in the farm, I always go on my own.

“All we want is a road to be constructed to the village,” she told this newspaper while carrying her five-month-old son Samu Navunicagi.

“It seems government has forgotten us,” said the mother of seven.

Like every woman in society, all women want is the best for their children and their community.

For women of Roma Village a lot of their plans have been put on hold because the only access they have to the nearest dirt road involves descending a steep and treacherous hill before crossing the Wainasoqo river five times.

“We have a lot of plans, we want to have our own canteen, we also hope to have our own nursery, and kindergarten and we would like to have a lot of visits from organisations and government officials to conduct workshops and training for us.

“Sadly, we understand they cannot come because of our road condition.”

Questions sent to the Fiji Roads Authority, Office of the Prime Minister, the permanent secretary for Ministry of Rural Development since Friday last week remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

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