Posts Tagged ‘pacific’
I was able to spend two weeks in Fiji in 2013. It was an amazing experience. Loving, friendly people, beautiful beaches, unbelievable coral reefs and colorful tropical gardens.
But Fiji is also one of those places where the luxury of the tourist resorts is worlds apart from how the locals live. Towns like Nadi and Lautoka are sad and uneventful places. Life’s no beach for the people of Fiji.
People in the Pacific Islands are very religious. Christianity plays a key role in everyday life. There’s a church on every streetcorner and every public function or gathering starts with a prayer.
This morning, the director of the Tonga Braodcasting Commission (TBC) opened the conference I am attending here with a prayer and a benediction. For someone from a very secular European society, that seemed unusual (as a matter of fact, the only time I’ve seen something similar at a gathering of media professionals was in Iran – but there, of course, it was a Muslim prayer, not a Christian one).
In any case, in his prayer, the director of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission asked God to bless the country’s minister of information, who was present at the session.
In what was perhaps a bit of involuntary irony, he then asked God to help the minister of information “…that she may be able to deliver her message.”
Or was he possibly trying to give the minister a very subtle hint?
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Life is simple and quiet on the Pacific Islands. The population of Tonga’s capital Nuku’alofa is 24 000.Vodpod videos no longer available.