"It is 50 years and yet we have no water connection to the house despite begging with the District Officer...Its over a week now and we are yet to see the Government...When voting season comes, they come and tell us if you don't vote, you will be jailed..but now Government is nowhere to be seen except boasting that they have got thousands in cash and millions in food aid...They don't care about us, the poor...God is blind to RACE but this Government is not...it is becoming race based distribution of aid.." The 73-year-old tearful Ram Sumera, Bulabula, Ba, whose family have been surviving by eating "rotten" cassava since Winston
Race discrimination running riot in the distribution of Winston aid as
BSP Bank announces "BSP Sends Relief Supplies To Eight Villages In Ra" -
"Indo-Fijians and other non-native Fijian Winston victims also bank customers"
ONE COLD HEARTED AND CALLOUS INDO-FIJIAN'S MESSAGE:
"I have no sympathy for such people"
Satya Sharma: "Instead of running to Government for ages for water supply he could easily have dug up a well. We used well in countryside. There is nothing wrong in eating cassava. We grew up eating that. We grew up in grass hut. That was our house. Made of gadra, dongo, bamboo and wood post. You can't live in countryside and dream of town facilities. Heart breaking when farmers who could easily grow vegetables go to town on Saturdays to buy mircha, baigan and chicken. We grew all that and plenty more. I have no sympathy for such people. Go to Nadi countryside and learn to live."
The BSP Fiji group began their distribution of basic food items yesterday assisting families in eight villages across the Ra district.
The eight villages visited yesterday were Namuaimada, Nanukuloa, Naiserelagi, Rokovuaka, Naibita, Nailega, Bucalevu, and Nasautoka.
In their effort to console members of these communities, BSP country manager Kevin McCarthy reassured them that they were being supported by every Fijian and those overseas to help them rebuild their lives.
“We are very saddened to see the destruction here and we can’t imagine what you’re going through to rebuild your community,” Mr McCarthy said. “We’re a bank that’s committed to giving back to communities and that is why we’re here today, with you, in your time of need.” Distributions were done in village halls, outside damaged homes, under trees and by the roadside.
These makeshift venues were emotionally charged as village elders, men, women and children received their supplies at a time when they were at critically low levels. “We are honoured to offer help with these provisions that may not fix your long-term problems but we’re hoping it can help with your immediate need for nourishment and try to bring a smile on your faces,” Mr McCarthy said.
All village headmen mobilised their communities and accorded the BSP delegation with the traditional gestures of showing gratitude with applauds, cheers, hymns of praise were sung and emotional thanksgiving speeches were made in all these locations.
Mr McCarthy was inspired by these communities who have lost almost everything.
“They have an immense challenge ahead to recover from this but it’s fantastic to see their positivity and how they are moving on with their lives.”
BSP’s $100K Cyclone Winston Relief Efforts are in support of ongoing national efforts by the Government of Fiji through the National Disaster Management Office. Source: Fiji Sun