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Young men dominate village population

Serafina Silaitoga
Monday, June 24, 2013

THE village of Sevaci in Cakaudrove is quite unique in that it has no young girls living in the village — only boys who have dominated project works and farms.

Village youth leader Ratu Draunivia Rokotuivulakai said some young girls had moved out with their families to urban areas for education purpose, got married or were single mothers living in other villages.

"There are no young girls living in this village as they have all moved out so the only girls with us now are kids in primary school," Ratu Draunivia said.

"The other women in the village are our mothers and they support our work so much.

"Single mothers are becoming an issue for us although there may not be many of them here.

"We also support them in whatever way we can through our scheme."

Ratu Draunivia said the village had been without young girls for more than three years.

"They hail from this village but they don't live here.

"So this village is flooded with young boys who have also come in from other parts of Fiji to farm on our land."

The village, which has 17 youths, have started a scheme with yaqona and dalo farms aimed at financing village projects and education expenses.