9 Sep 2009

Fiji agency see rise in begging since coup nearly three years ago

1:35 pm on 9 September 2009

The executive director of Fiji's Women's Right Movement says there's been a big rise in people going door to door either hawking food or begging since the 2006 military overthrow of the Government of Laisenia Qarase.

Virisila Buadromo says some beggars have notes from Fiji's social welfare department saying they need money for food, school fees or clothes.

"A lot of people at our homes and here at our offices as well, coming in with little notes from the Social Welfare Department, if they are going to the Social Welfare Department and basically saying they need money, they need donations to either pay for someone to go to school pay, to pay for medical services or to even put food on the table."

Virisila Buadromo says ordinary people iin Fiji are bearing the brunt of the military government's economic management as money diverted from social spending bolsters the army or promotes the country to tourists.