Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama has send out a condolences message to those who have been impacted by the wildfires in Australia.
In his message the Prime Minister said that whenever Fiji is devastated by national disaster, Australia has shown that they are ‘vuvale’ –– our family –– by quickly stepping up with aid and on-the-ground assistance. They have helped as Fijian families have weathered many a storm, and they have been a rock in times of need. Fiji will never forget the arrival of the HMAS Canberra following the devastation of Cyclone Winston in 2016. We know, every time Fiji is struck by a tropical cyclone or flooding, we are in hearts and minds of the Australian people.
It’s that same spirit of family that has Fiji left in shock at the scenes unfolding in Australia, where bushfires are inflicting untold destruction. Our hearts break with every new headline and photo that tell yet another story of suffering, and we mourn every life lost to these fires with immense sadness.
But we in Fiji also know, better than most, the great resilience of our Aussie neighbours; it’s a sense of resolve that we see every time our national teams face off on the rugby field. We see the strength of your national character in the courage of your firefighters on the frontlines of the bushfires and, despite the immense pain that you are going through, we have great faith that your country will heal with haste.
Australians are in the prayers of every Fijian. We pray for your communities in healing, for those still in danger, and for those brave first responders and servicemen and women who are fighting back the flames.
Fiji stands with our sisters and brothers in Australia in this time of great tragedy