THE Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama has called for a weekend of prayer and reflection on Friday as Fiji prepares to commemorate the anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Fourty-four Fijians were killed when the Category 5 storm struck the country reaching its peak intensity on February, 20th last year.
The Prime Minister says the thought of the entire nation, 12 months on, will be with the families of those who lost their lives.
“Next weekend and especially Monday will be a very painful time for the relatives and friends of those we lost and I ask everyone to do what they can to comfort them and help make that pain more bearable,” he said.
“We ask all religious bodies to make appropriate preparations for the weekend of remembrance, which will begin on Friday and continue through to the anniversary itself,” Mr Bainimarama said.
“Whether you attend church, a mosque or a temple, I ask everyone in the lead-up to the anniversary to pray for those who lost their lives, pray for the loved ones they left behind and give thanks for our nation’s deliverance,” he said.
The Prime Minister called on every Fijian to reflect on the tragedy and especially the pain caused by the loss of life and widespread devastation.