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I Need my Family

Eighty-five year old Rahiman will not rest until she finds her family. Ms Rahiman claimed she was sent from the United States of America by her nephew Mohammed Philip to
07 Feb 2015 15:07
I Need my Family

Eighty-five year old Rahiman will not rest until she finds her family.

Ms Rahiman claimed she was sent from the United States of America by her nephew Mohammed Philip to visit her sister in Fiji.

She later discovered that her sister had died and hopes to return to the US soon.

Since then the Navua-born native has been travelling from Nausori to Suva where she was later reported to the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare last year.

Currently Ms Rahiman is being looked after at the Golden Age Home in Lautoka.

It has not been identified as to when Ms Rahiman had arrived in Fiji and whether she had been living in the US but there has been evidence that a relative may have renewed her passport last year which will expire in 2024.

Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare Rosy Akbar who spoke on the issue, has asked the public to be more respectful to senior citizens.

“This is a serious social problem and I advise family to instil the values of care, compassion and respect for these elderly,” Ms Akbar said.

“We are working together with the Ministry of Health to look at ways to address the issues concerning mentally- challenged beggars,” she said.

Ms Akbar urged the public to seek assistance from the ministry if there were any queries.

“I can assure the public that the ministry is here to assist and we are interested in the welfare of the women, children, senior citizens and persons living with disabilities,” she said.

Feedback: varanisese.nasilasila@fijisun.com.fj

 

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