POVERTY...IS MY GROWING CONCERN
Bula vinaka again to my brothers and sisters here on Matavuvale. I hope that life is treating you well and i pray that you a constantly being blessed.
I got up early this morning with great expectations that my day was going to turn out better the the last, but you should know in this life we must never look forward to the best of everything because there is always something that just manages to pull you down when you least expect it too.
Today wasn't really different from any other. Breakfast at 8.30am and a normal read through the papers, now you'd think that the world would have it's own happenings and that what goes on in America doesn't happen here but whatever is going through your head right now just isn't enough to soak the problems that our little "PARADISE" is going through.
I picked up the papers and as usual took a very deep glance at the front page and <BOOM> there it was, PM head China mission as he moves are underway to attract investors. Fare enough there is a brighter future as this could see a steady growth in our economy should this mission be successful.
So i read on and i cannot help myself but too move on to the page that matters the most and thats the editorial page where people voice out their thoughts which most of them make no sense at all but are just worthless words that are highlighted with highly defined definitions. Now most people here in Fiji would get all worked up about the issues that are posted up on the editorial pages but for one such writer his made it a norm to say what he thinks is very meaningful.
Mr ALLAN LOCKINGTON a very popular columnist and a fine one at that, if i may add. He recently had an article that was printed put a couple of days back unfortunately i'm not certain of the day and date but he wrote an article about how the poor should be blamed for their status. Now many of you may agree with Mr Lockington but today i finally found someone that agrees with me, no offence to those of you who have other opinions. Anyway, at this point in time i would like to thank Mr Kevin Barr for his article in the papers today about BLAMING THE POOR.
Mr Barr stated in one of his paragraphs that poverty is a structural problem and not an individual failure. I agree 110% you see many of us and i know i was once like that, we blame the poor for their status in life without realizing that somewhere along the line their lives took a turn for the worst and it resulted in them being where they are. we fail to understand and contemplate that theres many things we can do to help and promote a better life for everyone in this country. "ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THEN WORDS" but realistically many of us believe in words when it comes down to acting for a better purpose.
Mr Barr's letter also states that 35 percent to 40 percent of our very own population is living below the poverty line, this maybe an estimate or the real deal i'm not too sure but i can say that if this is so then we as individuals have to start worrying and for me personally i am ashamed to know that this is the state of our beloved FIJI.
How can i go on living a normal life when out there somewhere is a little kid and his family who have missed a meal maybe two and struggle for their very own existence. Yet there are promises to financially aid those who have been swallowed by poverty. How can i say that my life is any better when an alarming percentage of people in this country are branded with the poverty sign, and who knows come another 3 years i could be a part of that branded society that are being blamed for their lower status. Understandably the rich keep getting richer. Why? Well honestly why would people bother a rich person if he holds a higher status in life, for who could tell if this so called rich people are making an honest living to earn their so called wealthy status.
You know what i think, maybe this country is filled up to its brim with rich people. Rich people that have no issues with those that need their help, i mean yeah that money may have come from their hard work regardless who cares but the point is Fiji shouldn't be divided by race,religion culture or economic backgrounds, we are one country one banner and one name "FIJI" Think of it this way, if you were poor and living in Fiji with the current economic crisis that we are going through how would you survive??
VOSA MAI MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK