Farrah and her grandmother, Esther
Farrah Roland Demaure and her grandmother, Esther Dube Roland, by the library door at USP Nauru. Esther is also the grandmother of Alamanda Lauti, Director of USP Nauru. Twelve hundred Nauruans were deported to the remote Truk islands by the Japanese occupying forces in World War Two. Of those deported, fewer than 800 survived. Among them was Esther, aged fifteen.
Esther is holding a copy of an old family photograph with her father at the centre. It is annotated in the handwriting of Thomas Cude, chief of Police on Nauru before WW2. Cude was in the ship that went around the Truk islands after the Japanese surrender, to search for the survivors and bring them back to Nauru. Angam Day, October 26, is Nauru’s annual commemoration of survival.
24 June 2015