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PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT
Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
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AMERICAN SAMOA MEDICAL STUDENTS RETURN TO FIJI
By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (July 17, 2000 - PIDP/CPIS)---American Samoa students attending the Fiji
School of Medicine are scheduled to return to Fiji on June 26th, said LBJ Hospital's Chief Executive Officer
Taufetee John Faumuina on state-run television.

Despite the political unrest in Fiji, Tauefetee said he received official word from Fiji Medical School authorities
that the school will resume at the end of June, so American Samoa's 17 medical students will depart the territory
on June 26.

The territory's medical and dental students attending the school in Fiji were evacuated by the territorial
government with the help of Polynesian Airlines in late May when the political crisis in Fiji was unstable.
The students took an early break and were to return on June 13th to take their final exams, but that timetable
was later postponed.

Taufete‘e said the school’s administrator assured him that the students will be safe, despite the political coup
having developed into a drawn out stalemate between the military and the rebels that is now in it's fourth week.

He said American Samoa’s students, who mainly live off campus, have been advised to relocate to on campus as
well as to leave all their dependents behind.

"It is for safety reasons," Taufete‘e said.

The students are all on scholarship from the territorial government's Health Department.

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