Man struggles to make ends meet for family

Wasu Dean fishes at the Suva foreshore on Friday. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

While hundreds of Fijians flocked to the supermarkets to stock up food items and groceries, Wasu Dean and his nephews did not have the luxury to do shopping, instead, they went fishing to sustain themselves during the four-day lockdown.

The 47-year-old man has been out at sea since last week trying to get a good catch.

He said he would be lucky to get one in a day and if he didn’t, he would keep trying for the sake of his family.

Mr Dean had lost his job as a checker because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I don’t know what else to do, life is really hard right now and all I think of is fishing,” he said.

“I cannot just sit home and do nothing because my family has to eat.”

Mr Dean said they would work around the stock they had to last them until Wednesday when the lockdown is scheduled to be lifted.

“We cannot complain because there are other people out there too, but we are asking the Government to at least look into our
problems and help us during this time of need.”

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