The following story in the Fiji Times is not only heart-breaking but it just reveals the human cost on innocent citizens who have been making their living through the sheer dint of hard work, unlike Bainimarama, Aiyaz, Inoke Kubuabola and others, who have forced themselves into jobs without a reference or interview. By expelling the acting Australian High Commissioner Sarah Roberts, the criminals now running Fiji have added two more to the list of unemployed since the 2006 coup. We hope these two nannies will not be accused of being ‘spies’ for Australia by the Pariah of the South Pacific – Frank Bainimarama!
Nannies miss diplomat's kids
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
TWO years of being a part of Australia's diplomatic "family" in Fiji came to an abrupt end for the two nannies of acting High Commissioner Sarah Roberts' children on Tuesday morning.
Nannies Ilisapeci Bakunivalu and Keresi Atelala broke down in tears when Ms Roberts' husband Alex Swan conveyed the news that they had to leave Fiji on Wednesday following a decision by the State.
"We were shocked and surprised because we did not expect this to happen," Ms Bakunivalu said.
"We cried because we knew we will part with the family who had become a part of ours," she said.
She said they were more saddened when they played with Romy, 5, and three-year-old Harry on Tuesday knowing they had less than a day together.
"We really miss them," an emotional Ms Bakunivalu said.
"For two years, we looked after them and they had developed an attachment to us because they were with us more than they were with their parents," she said.
Ms Bakunivalu said Romy and Harry were two "sweet" kids who, despite the privileges they enjoyed in love and wealth, were walking epitomes of humility and obedience.
"Yesterday (Tuesday), while we were playing, Romy turned to me and said, 'Ili, when we go back, I'll go and send you some shoes'," she said.
"I then I asked her whose idea was it and she said it was her idea. I replied, Romy, since when did you become the boss and she replied, you do not want shoes?" Ms Bakunivalu said cracking a laugh.
Ms Bakunivalu said Harry did not talk much apart from repeating how he was going to miss them (nannies).
"Atelala and I will really miss them because they were like family to us, they were a part of our families," Ms Bakunivalu said.
She said they would also miss their jobs and expressed concerns as to their next move for a new job citing difficulty in securing professional nanny jobs like their latter.
Ms Roberts, the second senior Australian diplomat to be expelled from Fiji in less than a year after high commissioner James Batley, was declared persona non-grata on Tuesday and was given 24 hours to leave the country.
Ms Roberts and her family left the high commission for the final time at noon yesterday.