GULF girl Ancilla Dallai, one of the two PNG university students remaining in Wuhan City, China, will not easily forget how a man went out of his way to help them after the lockdown.
Fijian soldier Captain Eroni Duaibe, attending a university in Wuhan with his wife Asilika, travelled on a bicycle for almost two hours to bring the two PNG girls face masks, hand sanitizers and thermometers.
Ancillae said on her Facebook page: “I felt emotional to be honest, seeing as he had to travel far outside to come, and there is no one outside.
“It was emotional for me, and I am forever grateful to him for his courageous act, and also his wife Asilika. They have been on the lookout for us here in Wuhan.
“We did not request for the items, however, his wife had messaged us the night before and said that he (Eroni) was coming in the morning.
“But I was troubled. I asked how he is going to come because there is no taxi or bus available right now. And she said on his bicycle.
“And he did. He cycled over, dropped the items, chatted for a while and then cycled back.”
Ancilla is a third-year Petroleum Engineering student at the China University of Geosciences based in Wuhan.
“With her in Wuhan is fellow PNG student Diana Botei who attends the China University of Geosciences.
“ To be honest I felt emotional walking out the dormitory to see him sitting there waiting for me and Diana. If this isn’t pure love and concern shown during troubling times, then I do not know what it is. Vinaka (Thank you in Fijian).”
They are the only two left after 17 other university students from PNG were evacuated by New Zealand last week and are in quarantine for 14 days in Auckland before flying to Port Moresby.
It is not clear how Asilika and Ancilla got to know each other in Wuhan and kept in touch. But it led to an act of kindness in a time of trouble.
Ancilla was the first PNG student to plead with the PNG Government last month to evacuate PNG students from Wuhan.
“There are around 20 Papua New Guinea students studying in universities around Wuhan where the cornavirus outbreak first occurred.
“If our Government is not able to do an evacuation for us, we are asking if they can at least support us with respiratory masks and hand sanitizers. We also need food and water as all shops and pharmacies have closed.
“We are very scared and just locked up in our dormitories. And we are running low on supplies.”
Asilika and Ancilla had chatted the previous night about her safety concerns as no one was allowed to leave their homes in fear of the coronavirus.
Ancilla and Diana had been stuck inside their dormitory since Jan 23 when a lockdown was declared on Wuhan city. They were worried about getting enough protection gear before everything was shut down around them.
Providence arrived on a bicycle the next morning in the form of Captain Duaibe.
Ancilla could not believe he was waiting outside the university dormitory gate with what they had wanted.
“He rode a bicycle from their apartment on the other side of Wuhan to my school to give us masks, hand santisizers and thermometers.
“To be honest I felt emotional walking out the dormitory to see him sitting there waiting for me and Diana.
“If this isn’t pure love and concern, shown during this troubling times, then I do not know what it is. Vinaka (Thank you in Fijian).”