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Pentecost families removed from Beleru

Pentecost families removed from Beleru
Pentecost families removed from Beleru
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Families originated from Central Pentecost were reportedly removed from Beleru, South Santo, where they have settled since 80s.
Reports said they were urged to leave following tensions among the landowners whose parents offered land to them following an agreement signed between them and a local lawyer who successfully represented them in Court.
Just after independence in 1980, Vatu Family who are the owners of hundreds of hectares of land in Beleru decided to take back their land from foreigners. They consulted a local lawyer to represent them in Court. After having their land returned, they offered a part of the land to the lawyer who decided, through the agreement of landowners, to bring people from his village to Beleru.
Since, many families have settled there, making Beleru their second home. They built traditional houses and did farming to earn an income.
Reports said all landowners from Vatu Family who offered their land to Pentecost families all died and their land is on the control of a new generation who decided to remove all the occupants.
Pentecost families have left Beleru leaving their houses and hectares of Kava.
Beleru is situated at South Santo, about 15 km from Luganville. (CAPTION: A river at Beleru. Photo: Beleru Waterfalls Tour)