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The Day A Mum Lost Her Child

The Day A Mum Lost Her Child
in Fiji Sun Vasemaca Nakasamai gets a kiss from her six-year-old daughter, Miliakere Marama, at Albert Park yesterday. Looking on is husband Isireli Cama.
February 21
11:51 2017

The picture of her daughter on the front page of the Fiji Sun yesterday brought back memories of her tragic death for Vasemaca Nakasamai.

Milika Cama,14, died during the height of Tropical Cyclone Winston after a pine tree fell on her one year ago.

She was one of the dozens who died during the cyclone and were remembered in a thanksgiving and memorial service at Albert Park, in Suva, yesterday.

Mrs Nakasamai, 36, said she learned of Milika’s death two days after she was buried at their village in Rukuruku, Ovalau.

She shared her pain with this journalist yesterday.

She said that on her way to the Re­membrance and Thanksgiving ser­vice at Albert Park yesterday, she noticed the Fiji Sun front page. The only thing that attracted her eyes was her daughter’s picture.

“I couldn’t stop crying when I saw my baby’s picture in the Fiji Sun newspaper today,” she said.

“To me, it always feels like yester­day,” she said.

Mrs Nakasamai said that the loss of her eldest daughter was the most painful experience in her life.

“What hurts me the most is the fact that I was not there with her to her last breath.

“To make it worse, I knew about her death few days later, after she was buried,” she said.

“It was a heart-breaking death,” she said.

When the cyclone struck, her husband was in Iraq on peacekeeping duties while she was in Suva.

“I was really worried on that day because it was all over the news that the cyclone was hitting Ovalau. I was here in Suva while my daughter was in the village trying to survive the cyclone,” she said.

“When my families from the village rang to inform me about the incident, I crawled on the floor and beat the wall. I was broken.”

She said she would never forget her daughter. All the plans that they had set for her were shattered.

“I always ask God, why he took my daughter of all the people in the village,” she said.

Her husband in Iraq also felt the same when he heard about the bad news.

“According to our plans, my daughter was supposed to be in Suva with us schooling in one of the schools here,” she said.

“When they called out my daughter’s name from the stage during the roll call, her face just appeared to my head, I can’t let go of her and it’s hard for me to accept her death.

“I miss her smile and her stubbornness as well, she will always be in my heart.”

Mrs Nakasamai said she appreciated the Government’s decision to remember her daughter and others who died during the cyclone.

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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