THIS IS MY STORY OF RESILIENCE
I’m 45 years of age living in Makaunga with 10 children; 6 girls and 4 boys. My husband died last year and it has been extremely difficult being a single parent. Two of my older daughters have not been able to continue their education because they are helping me keep our family afloat.
“THEY WERE TRYING TO SAVE THEIR FATHER’S HARD WORK…”
When the cyclone finally arrived we were all huddled in the house. The cyclone strength was getting stronger and stronger and the damages started from the kitchen. My daughters jumped up and were screaming and crying holding on to parts of the house; the doors, the walls, whatever they could reach.
I knew what they were trying to do. They were trying to save their father’s hard work. I screamed at them to get away from the walls and the kitchen because I feared for their safety but they all kept crying and calling out their father’s name. One of my daughters was hanging onto one of the beams of the roof trying to save it from getting damaged and I screamed at her over and over that we needed to evacuate.
I felt so helpless and painful. I too was in complete shock and disbelief, but I had to save my children despite how hard it was for me to see my husband’s work get ripped apart by the cyclone right in front of our eyes.