“This is my close family friend that I call my aunt. I bought her some flowers and another gift for a Christmas/New Year to see a smile on her face – like the pretty sunflowers,” he wrote.
He then revealed that the husband forced her out of the house after his son from a previous relationship surfaced and convinced him to sell the house. He added that the son immediately needed money to bail him out after falling into debt.
“Recently, her kiwi husband of 18 years kicked her out of the house after his son that lives in Australia visited and told his father to sell the house as he fell into debt.”
According to Ebata, the husband told Auntie P to get out immediately so they can sell the house. The woman was also told that she’s “getting nothing” from him.
“My aunt, along with the rest of the Thai community, has poor English and couldn’t stand to defend herself in the face of the two men. She was forced out of the house with nothing but herself and her personal belongings, nowhere to go. Luckily, my family was the only family she knew that lived nearby and could help her with a law case that involved a lot of English.”
In an interview with NextShark, Ebata lamented how Auntie P was not given enough time to prepare.
“She told me that that day she was handed a letter to move, she had to start clearing her stuff out. She spent that night at her friend’s place.”
Ebata further states that Auntie P is now settling in their house and his family is trying “our best to make her feel welcome” as the incident left her “in a terrible state.”
“She couldn’t sleep or eat,” says Ebata.
In his post, Ebata revealed that his family is working hard to help Auntie P “claim half the house that she’s lived in and helped maintain for the past – almost 2 decades.”
They are also committed to defending her “against all their claims, such as that she stole from them, didn’t take care of her husband, and endangered him when she visited her aged and ill mother in Thailand.”
Ebata cited some challenges thatAuntie P is facing right now regarding her case, including her inability to communicate well in English and the lack of money to pursue to fight her husband in c ourt.
“Not only are we fighting an uphill battle in regards to her weak English abilities, but during the years she was married to her husband, her income went to feeding him, maintaining the house, and charity. Simply, she is also fighting to afford the very expensive legal assistance she needs.”
Despite the challenges, Auntie P has found renewed hope with the help of Ebata’s family.
“When I gave her her gifts, she started crying and said (in Thai) ‘Oh man at least my child her loves me, someone loves me!’”
Ebata tells NextShark that Auntie P “feels so happy about the support” she has since been receiving from the Asian community in the SAT group page.
“She doesn’t quite understand it, but she’s so happy people are saying such nice messages and she’s grateful for all the efforts for donations.”
As many from the Facebook community suggested, Ebata eventually set up a GoFundMe page with the help of SAT member Alyssa Conti to fund Aunty P’s legal battle. As of this writing, 49 people have donated a total of $595 out of the $1,500 goal.