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Please forward your Chairman's Plea to Britian, Aust, NZ and Japan to all your networks

I would like to encourage all our BV members wherever you may reside to please forward the Chairman's Plea to all your friends, family and especially organizations etc you may be involved with.

The direct link to the Chairman's letter is:

We need to support our Chairman NOW and use the power of the internet to spread his message…


Added by Stacey King on March 26, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

FURTHER UPDATE: RABI 25 MARCH 2010 - All Aid now distributed through out remote Rabi settlements

Ken and Biniati have just phoned from Rabi to let us know that they have now finished the aid drop right to the outer settlements e.g. Eritabeta, Motawa, and the other side of the island. Ken said the people living at these remote settlements were able to use the satellite phone to talk to family back in main land. Biniati advised that the Fiji team were still on Rabi working on the follow up assessments at each village. Ken will sadly be leaving Rabi tomorrow and heading towards the coconut…


Added by Stacey King on March 25, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment


Ken Sigrah and Cr. Iekerua have just phoned from Rabi via the satellite phone. They reported that the Fiji Police, Army and also agricultural people were using the sat. phone that Ken had taken in to contact their heads of departments back in the main island.

Ken wanted me to let our donors know that it was through their kind efforts to help us and the extra $500 of donated funds that went into the purchase of precious fuel for the chainsaws and trucks that it enabled the village teams to… Continue

Added by Stacey King on March 25, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Plea from Rabi Chairman to Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Japan to help his people in the aftermath of Cyclone Tomas

Dear Stacy and Friends of the Banaban People.…


Added by Stacey King on March 25, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Banabans Can’t Wait - Organizing their Own Emergency Food Rations for Rabi

Tuesday 23 March 2010 Savusavu-Rabi, Fiji by Stacey King

Banaban, Ken Sigrah rang this morning from the lorry as they drove off from Savusavu heading for Karoko. He reported out of his FJD$3,000 Donations budget he was able to get the following food rations for general village distribution planned for tomorrow on Rabi. He said that all the food prices in Savusavu had gone up rapidly due to the current crisis.

This is an approximate list as Ken lost contact with us as the lorry…


Added by Stacey King on March 23, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Devastated Pacific island (Rabi) facing starvation after Cyclone Tomas

By MICHAEL FIELD - WORLD NEWS Last updated 09:04 22/03/2010

A small island in Fiji, home to a forgotten band of exiles, is facing starvation and disease in the wake of last week's Cyclone Tomas.

First news of the fate of Rabi Island came out over the weekend with the head of the Rabi Council of Leaders Bauro Vanualailai getting a message out that the island "is…


Added by Stacey King on March 22, 2010 at 7:04pm — No Comments

***Ken and Biniati Arriving Savusavu PM Today to buy EMERGENCY FOOD RATIONS For Rabi***


I just had a phone call from Ken Rabi (4am here Aust) as Biniati has been able to book a a car at Savusavu which is coming out to Karoko now. He said they have just opened the road and they plan to meet the car at Koroko at 11am. They expect to arrive Savusavu late this afternoon.

I have gathered together $3,000 in overseas donations from this end and Biniati will buy…


Added by Stacey King on March 22, 2010 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Full contact information for RABI DISASTER MANAGEMENT TEAM Suva Fiji


Banaban Trust Fund Board Office

Banaba House

1st Floor,

Pratt Street


Phone: (679) 310 0085

Fax: (679) 330 8760

I am coordinating everything from this side, NGAIA will be the one along with Nei TO, they will also be working today until 10pm today at this office. Both are workers for Banaban Limited.

As for Monday I am going to open a new Account number for Rabi Island Disaster Fund…


Added by Stacey King on March 21, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments


Dear Banabans,

Now is the time for you to give our people back on Rabi the help they need if you do not mind. Maybe some can kindly give the things you feel you do not need at homes such as clothes, blanket sheets, pillows, mattresses, kitchen utensils, etc, or volunteer to support your own families at Rabi with rations food particularly rice, flour and sugar will be greatly appreciated.

Food has totally vanished on the island, breadfruit trees have all gone, cassava patches…

Added by Stacey King on March 20, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Chairman reports DISMAC team only visited 2 villages on Rabi, called back to do a proper report for whole island

Our chairman Paulo Vanulailai has told me that the first DISMAC team just make a quick visit to only 2 villages and Paulo has called them back yesterday to do an IMPORTANT full assessment of the island. He is awaiting their report which is essential to try and get the proper outside aid Rabi needs. They have already set up their only Rabi DIMAC that will make a COMPLETE report that is expected back within 24hours. As soon as Ken can get his satellite phone link go on Rabi.…


Added by Stacey King on March 20, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Cyclone Tomas toll rises to three - Man confirmed dead on Rabi

17:29 AEST Fri Mar 19 2010
12 hours 59 minutes ago
Fiji cyclone disaster relief
Cyclone Tomas has claimed two lives in Fiji but relief agencies don't expect to report more deaths.
P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">The death toll from a destructive cyclone that smashed into Fiji rose to three on Friday after emergency authorities confirmed two more deaths.



Added by Stacey King on March 20, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Third Death Reported - Man Killed on Rabi by Falling Tree

Article published the Friday 19 March 2010 - Latest update : Friday 19 March 2010

New Zealand air force air craft distribute aid

Added by Stacey King on March 20, 2010 at 6:19am — 1 Comment

Smaller islands of Vanua Levu, Lau Group badly damaged (including Rabi from first reports)

Publish date/time: 19/03/2010 [13:05]

Hurricane Tomas has caused a lot of damage in the smaller islands of Vanua Levu and in the Lau group.

DISMAC official Anthony Blake confirmed that after the first aerial survey they have found that the smaller islands like Cikobia, Rabi and some islands in Lau have been badly affected.

There is an audio file attached to this story. Please login… Continue

Added by Stacey King on March 19, 2010 at 6:11pm — No Comments

Worst affected - Rabi damage seen from air and people trying to repair houses and church

Friday, March 19, 2010

Children of Wainigadru, in Tawake, Cakaudrove stand outside what's left of their house + Enlarge this image

Children of Wainigadru, in Tawake, Cakaudrove stand outside what's left of their house

THE eastern part of Vanua Levu is by far the worst hit by Hurricane Tomas.

A flight over the…


Added by Stacey King on March 19, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Vital information received Re: Aftermath Taveuni that will help Ken's plans to reach Rabi by tomorrow

**Because of the information provided here on Taveuni relayed by Miriam in the US with her friends living in Taveuni, we have now been able to reorganise Ken's plans for Taveuni leg of trip to Rabi. This aftermath report is from the Taveuni Estate between town and Adrian's farm at the very eastern point of Taveuni. We know now that Ken will have no hope of getting to the farm via car on his way to Rabi and will have to try and get to them on his way back out. Miriam's email also…

Added by Stacey King on March 19, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

DISMAC officials now in Rabi and they expect assessments to be completed by tomorrow

Fiji: TROPICAL CYCLONE TOMAS: Red Cross Northern Division Operations Strengthened

Source: Fiji Red Cross Society Date: 18 Mar 2010

Red Cross has today relocated all our Northern Divisions Relief Operations to Labasa to strengthen our response and relief efforts for communities and areas affected in the Division.

Centralised in Labasa, and in close collaboration with our Emergency Response Teams,…


Added by Stacey King on March 18, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Nawaia latest post DISMAC update RE: RABI situation

Comment by Nawaia Touakin 51 minutes ago

I just spoke with Notue, my younger daughter who is with DISMAC and she did mentioned DISMAC did mentioned they flew over Rambi Island yesterday and reproted nothing urgent, from the air, therefore there was nothing much to report from Rambi. I still feel there is more to go and see regarding the needs of our Banaban people right now…


Added by Stacey King on March 18, 2010 at 10:15am — No Comments

Banaban Nawaia Touakin Suva reporting NOW DAY 4 and still NO ONE has heard from Rabi

Ken Sigrah just got off the phone with Nawaia Touakin in Suva and he is most concerned about the fact that no emergency teams have got into Rabi yet. He stated , 'this is day four, and we know that the emergency teams flew over Rabi yesteday on there way to Cikobia and Taveuni but still no one has made contact. This is of major concern to all Banabans'. …


Added by Stacey King on March 18, 2010 at 7:00am — 1 Comment


Visiting Rabi and Ocean Island

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Homecoming to Banaba

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Slides of Banaba from the 1960's

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