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Living With A Disability Is No Excuse for Deo

“For seven years we were renting and later we bought a piece of land. We have built a home there two years ago. I am happy that I can provide good shelter for my mother.
16 Oct 2020 12:05
Living With A Disability Is No Excuse for Deo
Jashneel Deo selling peanust and other sweets at the Labasa bustand on October 15, 2020. Photo: Ashnita Prasad.

Labasa peanut seller Jashneel Deo does not throw food away because there are others struggling to have a meal.

“Times are hard and it is not good to be throwing food away when you can use it later or give to those who need a meal,” Mr Deo said.

“I have a disability, but I do not let that overcome me or deny me the right to live honesty.

“I have been selling peanuts and other Indian snacks made by my mother because I must work to support us.

“While we celebrate World Food Day this week, we should always remember those who do not have food.

“For us who have food let us not waste food; people are dying of hunger.”

Mr Deo, 27, lives with his mother in Vunivau.  He is the only son in the family.

He is always around the Labasa bus stand area where he earns approximately $40 a day for six days.

Mr Deo said life had been very hard for him and his mother.

“For seven years we were renting and later we bought a piece of land. We have built a home there two years ago. I am happy that I can provide good shelter for my mother.

“I took a loan to build the house. As one living with a disability it has not been easy.

“I sell sweets and snacks made by my mother to pay off the loan, buy groceries and other necessities.

“Then there are some people who would snatch my snacks and sweets and run away.

“I have reported them to the Police many times but they never turn up to help me out.

“Even during rainy days, I still try my best to do my sales before I head home.”

Despite the hardship Mr Deo is thankful for his mother because she always supports and encourage him to continue with his small business.

“My mother is my motivator; she makes me get over such situations to continue selling snacks and sweets,” she said.

“During the day I’ll do my sales and at night after dinner while many would be having good family time or sleeping, I am packing my sweets for the next day’s sales.

“I am thankful to the Almighty God that I am able to work even though I’m not in good health.”

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