Be considerate, Silivelio urges

By Seia Soloi and Aruna Lolani ,

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THIS IS NOT A RUBBISH DUMP: Kirisimasi Silivelio points to where people dump their rubbish.

THIS IS NOT A RUBBISH DUMP: Kirisimasi Silivelio points to where people dump their rubbish. (Photo: Sei’a Soloi)

Kirisimasi Silivelio has a simple plea.

He wants members of the public who have been dumping their rubbish at Leauva’a to use their brains.

“They should know that there are people living here,” he said. 

“We are all human and we cannot live with the smell.”

The 49-year-old is concerned about his family’s health.

Since last year, people from all over the country dump their rubbish in an isolated area near Kirisimasi’s home. More than ten families live in the area.

 “The smell is getting really bad and strong especially we are facing different kinds of weather patterns everyday,” he said.

“Sometimes we cannot go to sleep because of the smell.”

Kirisimasi said people should be considerate.

“We are all human,” he said.

“How would these people feel if someone drops rubbish next to their home?” 

“Our village is trying to stop this.

 “We have finalised penalties for people who are usually doing this.” 

Obviously they just don’t care. They just think that there are no people living in this area.”

Kirisimasi said people should take responsibility for the environment.

 “We all know the importance of the environment. It’s our surrounding and yet it’s our own people who destroy it.”

Kirisimasi said he hopes the relevant government authorities can see what is happening and do something about it.

 “We are not the only family that complains,” he said.

“These actions are people from different villages not our people. I want them to stop.”

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