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Nothing glamorous about prison life

August 20
11:16 2013

By LOSALINI RASOQOSOQO

The sixteen 2013 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival queen contestants saw firsthand what prison life was like when they toured the Women’s Corrections Centre in Korovou, Suva.
While life for the female inmates is not as tough as people think, 21-year-old Miss Chicken Express Elenani Nasau says there is nothing glamorous about prison life.
“Prison is not the life for women. We are supposed to be home, having a family and enjoying family,” Miss Nasau said.
The second year nursing student at the Fiji National University also praised the Fiji Corrections Service in allowing a child to be with her mother while in prison.
The women’s prison has 45 inmates with a three-year-old baby girl as the 46th member.
The baby’s mother was imprisoned when she was six months pregnant.
“A child should not be deprived of their mother’s care and I am glad that the Fiji Corrections Service is considering that in allowing the child to be with her mother until she’s at the age where she could go to school,” Miss Nasau said.
And this is in line with what Miss Nasau, the eldest of four siblings is advocating for in the week-long Hibiscus Festival.
“I am advocating for the Millenium Development Goals (MDGS) 4 and 5 to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal health.”
The Tavua native hopes to go on to become a midwife after graduating from nursing school.
Meanwhile, being born in Tavua, taking part in the Hibiscus Festival as a contestant is a lifetime experience for Miss Nasau.
She said she was excited and of course honoured to be part of it. All her life, she has only been to the festival once and before joining nursing school last year making it her second.
“Now I am contesting with the other girls and it is a challenge worth the battle,” Miss Nasau said.
The queens were also accompanied by the King contestants who visited the newly opened remand centre.
They were treated to morning tea and danced away to the music provided by the Fiji Corrections Service band.

Miss Chicken Express Elenani Nasau.

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