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Angry Akbar Sends Boys Home

An unhappy Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation has sent home two young boys after spotting them selling ‘ivi’ (chest nut) along the streets of Ba yesterday. The young
22 Jan 2015 08:42
Angry Akbar Sends Boys Home
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar consulting the two boys at Ba Town, yesterday. Photo: Varanisese Nasilasila

An unhappy Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation has sent home two young boys after spotting them selling ‘ivi’ (chest nut) along the streets of Ba yesterday.

The young boys from Natunuku Village claimed they were sent by their parents to sell ‘ivi’ to help buy their school stationeries, including a bag.

Minister Rosy Akbar was upset seeing the two young boys in town.

“No children should be out on the streets begging or selling things so that they can meet their school needs. This is not allowed,” Ms Akbar said.

“All children that are of school ages should be in school; it is the parents’ duties to see that this is done.

“What we witnessed here is a classic example of parents using children to earn money from them and we need to stop this.”

During a tour in Lautoka the Minister and her team had sent off four children – one was a six-month-old baby.

“We do not condone beggars especially with children who should be at home doing normal kid stuff not loitering in town and looking for money for their parents,” Ms Akbar said.

“We hope to work together with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor to discuss on this matter because this is a very serious case.”

The minister is urging the public to help the Ministry by not tolerating beggars.

“I know the impact of poverty but the only way out of it is through hard work and getting better education; so a humble plea to the public if they are giving out generously to the beggars I ask for them to stop this,” she said.

“We need them to turn up to our office and ask us for assistance and not through begging in the streets and sending children to beg for them.”

The two boys were each given a school bag and told to return home and never to sell on the streets again.

Feedback:  varanisese.nasilasila@fijisun.com.fj

 

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