Bi, 50, raised by iTaukei cou­ple

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In the midst of the Fiji Day merry-mak­ing and fes­tiv­i­ties at Na­yara­bale in Cakau­drove was 50-year-old Fa­tima Bi of Namoli, Labasa. Ms Bi who was adopted by an iTaukei fam­ily when she was just six- years old af­ter she had es­caped from her Korowiri home in Labasa. When asked who her par­ents were she said; “Ni­ulele Kalouniv­iti vata ‘ei Manoa Kalouniv­iti (her adop­tive par­ents’ names),” Ms Bi said. Mr Kalouniv­iti is from Galoa, Namoli, also in Labasa and her mothe is from from Na­yara­bale.

Bi’s bi­o­log­i­cal par­ents died when she was very young. She was taken in by her pa­ter­nal grand­fa­ther but ran away af­ter she was abused by a rel­a­tive, she claimed. She said her adop­tive par­ents had found her along the Korowiri Road and ever since took her in as their own. Ms Bi said; “I have al­ways counted my­self as a ‘kai Na­yara­bale’ and I am here to cel­e­brate with my fam­ily. “The love my ‘par­ents’ had be­stowed on me was the same they gave to their other three chil­dren and I am al­ways in­debted to them. “I have never re­turned to the house that made me go through one of the hard­est time when I was re­ally young. “It goes on to show and that as Fi­jians, we look af­ter each other and if one is go­ing through a hard time, it is im­por­tant to help each other.” Mrs Kalouniv­iti who ac­com­pa­nied her daugh­ter to the event said: “It has been a bless­ing rais­ing her up and we have never re­gret­ted tak­ing her in. “She is a spir­ited woman and con­tin­ues to prove to us how for­tu­nate we are to have her in our lives.”

Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

Photo: Josaia Ralago

Mother, Ni­ulele Kalouniv­iti (left), Fa­tima Bi at Na­yara­bale Vil­lage in Cakau­drove yes­ter­day.

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