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Victims of fire left in trauma

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

RESIDENTS living in the informal Komave settlement in Nabua are still traumatised by the fire that razed four houses two weeks ago.

Margaret Faye, a mother to seven children, said since the fire on Sunday morning, her children had not been able to sleep properly.

"Every time they close their eyes they will immediately get up and tell me that they can't sleep because whenever they close their eyes they see flames," she said. "My children are deeply traumatised by the fire."

Mrs Faye's comments were seconded by another resident, Sharon Datt, who said the fire affected everyone and people were struggling to find closure.

"We are afraid to sleep after that fire broke out. What if another fire happens when we are sleeping?" Mrs Datt said.

"Up until now I still cry when I think of that fire because I could have lost my mother that morning."

Mrs Datt said she counted herself lucky that all her family members were unharmed although they lost everything in the fire.

A tearful Mrs Datt said everyone was struggling to cope with their daily lives.

"The real victims in this fire are those struggling to find shelter for their families, put food on the table and most of us here have had to borrow clothes from others because we have lost everything," she said.

Non-government organisation Lifeline Fiji has stepped in to offer counselling for victims and is encouraging residents to visit its office at Luke St in Nabua.








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