This was sent to Coupfourpointifve this afternoon, with the contributor asking us not to name her.
Josefa Rauluni committed suicide today at a detention centre in Sydney because he didn't want to be sent back to Fiji. The thirty-six year old leapt to his death from a roof just hours before he was due to be put on a plane and deported.
Rauluni had pleaded with the Australian authorities to let him stay, even as a detainee, saying he would be persecuted if he was sent back home. He even wrote a letter to the New South Wales Ministerial Intervention Unit warning authorities that if he was deported, it would be a case of "send my dead body".
In his letter, which was obtained by The Australia, he said: “I cannot describe my utter disappointment with your decision."
Rauluni reached out to the President of the Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement, Usaia Peter Waqatairewa, beseeching him to help stall his deportation. Waqaitairewa says Rauluni wanted him to tell the Australian authorities he'd rather die than go back.
He'd even told Waqaitairewa he was prepared to stay in Australia, even if it was in jail, until democracy was restored and there was a change of government in Fiji.
Rauluni had a nephew with him in the Villawood detention centre in Fiji, who was also supposed to be deported. Now that he's gone, it's feared his nephew could bear the wrath of the military regime. It's not likely the regime will welcome anyone who've sought refugee status in Australia.
But how many more Josefa Rauluni's will there be?
How many more lives will Frank Bainimarama and his regime take, directly and indirectly?
A few months ago, a report from the New Zealand Refugee Status Appeals Authority revealed that the number of people from Fiji seeking refugee status had jumped dramatically. The Authority said the number of people appealing against a decision to dismiss their application, had also increased.
It said Fiji nationals generated the highest percentage of appeals with 12.9 percent, compared to India and Iran with 11.8 percent, Sri Lanka 7 percent and Pakistan 5.4 percent.
Asylum seekers and those seeking refugee status in Australia was a contentious issue during the recent general elections.
Every year, boat loads of people try to get to Australia illegally, forcing authorities to establish a special detention centre on Christmas island.
Josefa Rauluni is just one of many Fijian refugees fleeing Fiji.
And as we can see, people are so desperate, they'd rather be dead than return to the rule of the dictator and his toy soldiers.
The regime has blood on its hands going back four years, and still they remain immune to the law and to the pain of Fiji, especially the little people trying to eke out a better life for themselves and their families.
Frank, if you were doing such a good job with Fiji, then why are Fijians, or i-taukei, as you like to call them, would rather kill themselves than come under your thumb?
This roadmap plan of your's is not working and you know it.