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Mother In Disbelief Over Death Of Son

Mother In Disbelief Over Death Of Son
Makalesi Sekauta 20 explain how her one year-old son, Iowane Takalaulala drowned at Draubuta Village in Tailevu. Photo: Ronald Kumar. INSET: Place where the one year old drowned.
December 02
11:00 2016

A family’s plans to celebrate the second birthday of their only son was cut short yesterday.

Makelesi Sekauta, 20, now mourns the death of her one-year-old son, Iowana Seresere Tokalaulala, whose body was found floating in the river beside their home in Draubuta Village, Tailevu, at around 12.30pm.

“We planned on having a big party for his second birthday since we did not celebrate his first birthday. It’s really painful,” she said crying.

Mrs Sekauta said she doesn’t know what happened.

“Iowane is our only child and he always brightens my morning every day when I wake up,” Mrs Sekauta said.

“The whole time he was in the house playing with the other kids, I did not know when he went to the river.

“We did not expect this to happen and I cannot believe that my son has left us here alone in my village.”

Mrs Sekauta’s husband works for a construction company. He was at work at the time of the incident, but was informed later about the tragic news.

The young family lives in Ba but had visited the village two weeks ago to attend a family function.

Deeply hurt by the tragedy Mrs Sekauta and the family are still trying to come to terms with their sudden loss.

“I will really miss him because whenever my husband goes to work it has always been us alone,” Mrs Sekauta said crying.

Mrs Sekauta’s dad, Neumi Vasukiwai, 58, said: “This is not the first time someone has drowned in this river. But all those who died are not from here, it’s always the ‘vasu’ or the visitors.

“After today, the mothers and villagers are now living in fear of their children when out of sight.

“Now when someone is missing from home parents are running around looking for them. It has taught us a good lesson,” he said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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