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Kumar Takes in Stranded Family

“I saw them and I felt pity for them,” Mr Kumar said
03 May 2021 10:00
Kumar Takes in Stranded Family
Daniel Kumar (left), with his new family at his home in Naikabula, Lautoka.

Good Samaritans are hard to come by.

This is true for Daniel Kumar, 51, a taxi driver of Lautoka, who took in a stranded family of Kavagasau, Nadroga, to his house in Naikabula.

The family of four was stranded in Lautoka when it was declared a containment zone just after their young son underwent leg surgery at the Lautoka hospital. They were discharged on the day of that Nadi-Lautoka were declared a containment area on April 19.

The family stayed at the Lautoka Bus Stand until Mr Kumar noticed them and gave them shelter at his home alongside his five-member family.

“I saw them and I felt pity for them,” Mr Kumar said.

“So, I asked them to stay home with me. They’ve been with me since then.”

Assault

But on April 24, Mr Kumar suffered a big blow just after midday.

He was assaulted and robbed of around $100 on his taxi run.

According to him, two men hired the taxi from Cakau Street to Wairabetia where the men claimed to be looking for a house.

In the search, the men allegedly punched Mr Kumar multiple times and took off with his taxi.

It was later found in a drain near the Golden Age Home in Natabua.

Police confirmed that a report was lodged at the Lautoka Police Station and an investigation was underway.

Since then Mr Kumar has not been able to drive his taxi.

But thanks to the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises & Development (FRIEND) Fiji, he was able to provide a little sustenance for his immediate family and adopted one.

FRIEND director Sashi Kiran said they had been continuously providing food rations in the Lautoka and Nadi containment areas, especially to those people with no FNPF and those in quarantine.

On Saturday, basic food items, at the request of Commissioner Western’s Office, were transported to 200 families.

“The team from the Ministry of Health in the west confirmed the names of families in quarantine, some of the larger families have more than 20 family members because they had been stranded during the announcement of the containment areas,” she said.

Commissioner Western office team helped to mobilise teams for distribution with assistance from the Australian Government.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj



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