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35 percent of our people live in hardship.

Fiji poverty worse than World Bank estimate – campaigner

Updated 14 minutes ago

A Fiji anti-poverty campaigner says poverty in the country is much higher than the World Bank’s estimation that 35 percent of the people live in hardship.

A World Bank report has found 20 to 40 percent of households in the Pacific are unable to meet their basic needs of food, housing, clothing, fuel and medicine.

Savu Tawake, from the People’s Community Network, says something needs to be done about the high cost of living, low wages, and the lack of financial support from the government given to squatter settlements.

He says the government saying it will provide free education, bus fares for children and the elderly and some social welfare benefits is not enough.

“Increase the social welfare to something that people can afford to buy food, pay school needs for the children, medical needs for the elderly. Of course, increase the participation of the people in the National Budget process, with the inclusion of the view of the poor.”

Savu Tawake.

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9 thoughts on “35 percent of our people live in hardship.

  1. The Bainimarama illegal government did NOT takeover power to look after the poor or to listen to the “view of the poor”.
    They took power to look after THEMSELVES and their rich friends in business, in tourist resorts etc

  2. If you live in hardship than you should be checked because I doubt anyone should be in these situation right now if he acknowledges what Govt has provided for every Fijian like never before

  3. @Maky Mackeral

    There goes the deluded one; mate you should seriously consider help to stop your addiction to Papa Pig’s exhaust fume.

  4. mackeral, you are TOO MUCH
    … “Govt has provided for every Fijian like never before”
    you boci, haven’t you seen the increasing number of people living on the streets?
    the increasing number of prostitutes, including very young girls taking up the trade?
    these things are indeed “like never before”, you boor!

  5. You go to social welfare and there are assistance of all sorts, you don’t have any complains where were you all this years you full,otherwise go to the village where you belong and plant lots of cassava for your consumption

  6. Who the fuk is Savu Tawake?

    What is his research? WhaT are his credentials?

    from the People’s Community Network, says something needs to be done about the high cost of living, low wages, and the lack of financial support from the government given to squatter settlements.

    So he wants squatters to get Dole……payment for illegally staying on mostly government land – what a fuckwit is Savu Tawake?

  7. what about Bai and khai getting payment for illegally staying in power as the “government of the day”? that’s okay by you?

  8. no one in Fiji living in hardship. everyone in Fiji living happily ever after, after being made equal by the Bainimarama dictatorship.

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