FIJI'S INTERNAL REFUGEES FIND NEW HOME

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 30, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Indo-Fijian families who fled their homes in eastern Viti Levu as refugees from the May 19, 2000 coup will finally be re-settled.

A spokesman for the Lautoka Girmit Council, which runs the camp that has housed the refugees for the past 18 months, says the families could not return to their native village for fear of abuse and violence from indigenous Fijians.

Instead, the government has allocated a parcel of land in other areas to each of the six families.

The families will leave the Girmit center for their new homes early in February.

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