Melanesian Spearhead Group Chair Visits Fiji’s Koro Island

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Solomons PM tears up visiting school in cyclone ravaged village

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, March 11, 2016) – The prime minister of Solomon Islands has this week visited the cyclone devastated Island of Koro in Fiji.

Manasseh Sogavare was brought to tears when school children in a tent classroom in Nakodu Mudu village sang him songs and recited a poem describing their experiences during the cyclone.

Mr Sogavare's visit is in his capacity as chairperson of the Melanesian Spearhead Group and completed his regional tour which had been interrupted when Winston struck Fiji.

Earlier in the week the prime minister had also presented a donation of $US570,000 to Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama for the relief effort.

Mr Sogavare was accompanied by the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor, the Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji Patteson Oti and the Ambassador for Climate Change in Fiji's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amena Yauvoli.

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