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Families appeal for help

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

NINE families from Nasaqasaqa settlement in Cakaudrove are pleading for assistance following a court order to have them evicted from their homes.

An emotional group representative, Josese Rogo said family members watched in tears as their homes were dismantled by court officers yesterday.

He said most of them were not originally from Cakaudrove and had been staying on the land for 40 to 50 years before they were evicted yesterday.

"We are talking about nine families who have to pick up the pieces of their dreams and rebuild them elsewhere," he said.

"We have had beautiful memories in Nasaqasaqa and for us and our children this is the only place that we called home. Our only option now is to build a makeshift shed in the settlement of Nawaisa and slowly rebuild our lives."

Mr Rogo said the families depended on farming and that it would take a long time to rebuild their houses.

"At the same time we appeal to non-governmental organisations, the government and our fortunate brothers and sisters out there to assist us in any way possible," he said.

"We need tents to live in and we are appealing to the Fiji Red Cross Society for the provision of these necessities.

"Our children have stopped schooling as we are still trying to come to terms with the current event that has left us desperate and helpless."

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