THE Indian High Commission is considering building a monument in Tailevu to remember the lives of indentured labourers who died on the ill-fated Syria.
High Commissioner Vinod Kumar visited the two grave sites at Vunivatu Bay along Kiuva Beach and Matanicagi in Tailevu on Saturday where the girmitiya are buried, close to the spot where the slave ship struck a reef.
"We are grateful to the people of Kiuva for offering their land to bury the unfortunate victims that were on board the Syria," Mr Kumar said.
"This was the first time I visited the grave sites and my thoughts were with the victims, the conditions of their travel and their unfortunate end."
The villagers of Kiuva requested that a pathway be built as a trail to the cemeteries at the two sites.
"I will make these requests to the government of India as soon as possible," Mr Kumar said.
"The government of India will have to look at it and make a decision."
Mr Kumar said the villagers also requested assistance for the upgrading of roads in the area but Mr Kumar said this request would be sent to his government later.
"The government of India is thankful to Kiuva Village and other nearby villages for supporting the passengers from the Syria, for helping bring back those who were still alive and also offering their land for the burial of the unfortunate victims."
Village spokesman Seremaia Waqainabete said the trail to the grave sites and the monument were deserving of the victims buried there as they gave up their lives to travel to a foreign country.
"This will recognise their unprecedented contribution to what Fiji is today," he said.
"Their monument will commemorate their sacrifice and allow the dead to rest in peace."
Source: The Fiji Times, Monday, September 30, 2013
INDIA GAVE THUMPS UP TO FIJI COUP
Vote buying from Indo-Fijians or honouring the indentured dead? India ponders building monument in Bainimarama's Kiuva village to "honour" lives of Indian coolies lost in "The Wreck of Syria" on 11 May 1884
30/9/2013 04:25:52 am
VOTE BUYING, of course. I wish I had not perished in that tragedy nor had the Syria hit the reef. And, now, India seems to be making sure that Frank Bainimarama wins the general election with such brazen vote buying koys
30/9/2013 05:52:13 am
A very well received gesture from the Indian Government.
30/9/2013 10:55:20 am
Its bloody time the present Indian government gave millions in compensation to descendants of coolie Indians, including Indo-Fijians who were uprooted in the 1800s!
30/9/2013 01:34:02 pm
wonder what fiji would be like if Indians had not come ???? like in Samoa & Tonga
strength in diversity
30/9/2013 02:56:33 pm
That is a valid point.
30/9/2013 10:39:39 pm
so Fiji should be better than USA cos we are more diverse....rubbish
30/9/2013 10:40:28 pm
Yes - suppose so but lets try to sort out the group imbalances while we move forward,,,,,,,,,,,,
2/10/2013 02:19:54 pm
with no rule of law Fiji will eventually go back to the dark ages...frank and kaiyum has started the journey....
3/10/2013 09:02:52 pm
Fijians would not be worried about their land being butakoed
1/10/2013 10:57:39 pm
The Indians did a great job in the development of Fiji and that was the result of missionary work in 1835 that rid the land off cannibalism first and welcome civilization into Fiji so God is instrumental in getting the Indians, the Solomons to Fiji after the dark days and their arrival came as a blessing.
4/10/2013 11:51:45 am
No mate the British did a great job in developing Fiji. Not God either. After the Brits left then the Fijians, including Indians stuffed the place up.
2/10/2013 01:23:11 pm
I am ashamed to ask anything on their pay as I think they are doing a very good job
2/10/2013 05:57:27 pm
3/10/2013 05:12:25 am
u are a dumb ostrich
8/3/2014 01:04:08 am
People of works of life should work hard for prosperity of the country instead of blaming each other and lazing around a a tanoa of grog most of the time.
20/12/2014 01:04:04 pm
Fiji the leader of south pacific islands, when heads of state need to discuss issues relating the south pacific they go to Fiji not Tonga or Samoa.
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