Fiji Post Coups

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By RPCV_Fiji 60 ( on Wednesday, October 01, 2008 - 6:16 pm: Edit Post

I was in Fiji during their first coup. I like to call it the "bloodless coup' in that no-one was hurt during the takeover. The takeover consisted mainly of the radio station and they kept the new PM and his staff in a big house until they could determine who would be 'the winner'. During my stay in Fiji, I understood that the Fijian people want to keep their culture intact and one of their fears is that it would become dilute and lost should someone with too strong a leaning away from their culture take office. I have to admit that even during the entire time, I still had to admire Sitivani Rambuka, and the people who took over the government. I felt there was no real danger to either visitors, or the people who lived there. The old men and their WWII wooden barrel rifles were making more of a statement than anything else. I completed my work assignment with the Nurses of Fiji and I never felt that I had to make a 'dent' or 'an impression'. I always felt that the primary mission of PC was simply to make friendships and secondly to learn how to work with other people of the world.

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