Our village isn’t a rubbish dump

By Vatapuia Maiava ,

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STOP THROWING RUBBISH IN OUR VILLAGE: Beauty Kosi, 21, from the village of Nu’u.

STOP THROWING RUBBISH IN OUR VILLAGE: Beauty Kosi, 21, from the village of Nu’u.

Here’s a scenario: If someone were to come into your house to dump rubbish all over the place, how would that make you feel?

For Beauty Kosi, and other villagers of Nu’u, this is the everyday scene at their village.

Beauty, 21, says that she has had enough of people treating their village as a rubbish dump. 

Not only does it make the area look filthy, but the rotten smell really affects the residents.

“One of the biggest problems we face here is the carelessness of others,” she told the Village Voice.

“If you make your way to the back of that grassy area you will see a very big pile of rubbish. It’s disgusting and people still just come here and dump their garbage here.

“These are people from within and out of our village. It’s not far from our house so it really affects me and my family.”

Beauty also mentioned how sneaky people are with the way they discard their rubbish without being seen.

“People are very sneaky with the way they bring their cars full of rubbish and just dump it in that area,” she said.

“Some people dump very smelly things like dead pets. We can’t sleep at night because the smell can get very bad. It’s a real problem for us.”

“I live in the house with my parents and my brother who is working right now.”

Aside from the rubbish problem, Beauty also mentioned that drunk behaviour on the roads are getting more and more out of hand.

“Another problem we face here are the drunkards on the road,” she said.

“These are people from our village. They come and get drunk as a group then cause all sorts of trouble. There are many people now living in the area so we need help keeping the peace.”

“I think the best thing to do is to have more police patrol in the area to keep order and to help out families who have to deal with the noise every night.”

Other than those problems, Beauty takes care of her only child and her parents at home and lives a peaceful life.

“We have lived here for two years now and those are the only problems I can think of,” she said.

“I also have a sibling living closer to the coastal area whose husband is employed. They help out with the family things as well.”

“So with my brother and brother in laws job, we make ends meet pretty well over here. We also have peas and eggplants growing in our small piece of land.”

“We often take packs of vegetables to the market to sell to get some extra money for the family. We can make about $30 a day from selling the vegetables so that goes a long way for us.”

“The dirt here in our village is very fertile which makes growing crops very easy.”

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