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Wati Sakiti, 59 of Boitaci in Vanuabalavu, Lau during the announcement of her foster parents names, both of whom died during Tropical Cyclone Winston in Lau last year. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

A woman says losing her foster parents was like losing the whole world

Wati Sakiti, 59, of Boitaci Village, Vanuabalavu, said the pain was unbearable.

Gauna Bale, 82 and wife Salaseini Tavo, 85, were both killed by the monster Cyclone Winston.

They adopted Mrs Sakiti when she was two months old and they were the parents she knows.

Mrs Sakiti expressed how deeply sad she was while sharing her story.

“Losing them at the same time was not easy, and not having to attend their funeral was heartbreaking,” she said.

She said she could not accept their deaths but “only God knows why” they died.

She said she was in Suva when the cyclone struck.

“I was their only child. They adopted me because they did not have biological children,” she said.

“They will always be in my heart and mind.

“I miss them but I know they are now in a better place and I have to accept all that has happened.”

The national service of remembrance and thanksgiving on the anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Winston at the Albert Park, Suva yesterday really meant a lot for Mrs Sakiti.

“I’m grateful to this Government for also remembering the deaths of our loved ones together with us,” she said.

Her parents were among the five who died on Vanuabalavu, four from Boitaci.

Edited by Maraia Vula


Originally published at on February 21, 2017.

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