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Good Samaritan Comes To Rescue Evicted Family

The family was forcefully evicted from their house on Monday and spent a few days at the bus shelter.
30 Oct 2020 11:29
Good Samaritan Comes To Rescue Evicted Family
Good samaritan Arieta Vueti, 32 ( standing back left), with their new family at Navo, Nadi on October 29, 2020. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A family of seven, who had been taking shelter at a bus shelter about 100 metres from the home they were forcefully evicted from, have finally been given a proper place to lay their heads.

The family, which includes a three-week-old baby, are grateful to good samaritan Arieta Vueti. Ms Vueti, 32, of Navuloa, Ovalau, intervened after seeing the family with their belongs at the bus shelter and have brought them to her two-bedroom flat.

The family was forcefully evicted from their house on Monday and spent a few days at the bus shelter.

Ms Vueti said: “I talked with my husband and we welcomed the family. There is more happiness in giving than receiving, that is what I could offer during these hard times.

“When I saw the family I did feel for them.”

Neighbours have also shown kindness toward the family and have been bringing them pots of cooked food.

Koini Marama, 39, matriarch of the stranded family, was deeply grateful toward Ms Vueti for her assistance.

“I am lost for words. The love showed to us cannot be expressed by words. Deeds are not words. Various agencies and donors have been assisting the family as well,” she said.

Arbitrary eviction is unconstitutional: Raj

The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission has expressed grave concern over the manner of which the family was evicted from their home.

The commission implored residential landlords to refrain from arbitrarily evicting tenants from their homes.

Commission director Ashwin Raj said an arbitrary eviction was unconstitutional and was a violation of the rights of tenants, who were told to vacate the rented property without a court order.

The commission had reached out to the family following a news story published in the Fiji Sun yesterday and was liaising with relevant authorities to secure housing for the family.

“The family has informed the commission that the landlord had hired carpenters to remove the roof and the walls of the house while they were still living in the house. Their water supply and electricity was also disconnected. Such inhumane treatment has left the children and their elderly grandmother traumatised.”

The commission has written to the Department of Social Welfare and to the Housing Assistance and Relief Trust (HART), Fiji, seeking their intervention.

The commission urged all landlords to respect the constitutional rights of their tenants and to refrain from arbitrarily evicting them. Compassion and understanding is important in these trying times.

He added that landlords need to realise that these were extraordinary times given the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy.

  • To assist the family, contact Jone Rabuli on 8723731

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj

Also read: Family Of Seven On The Road, Evicted By Landlord



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