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Remembrance Day: “My Children Keep Asking: ‘Where’s Dad?’”

Remembrance Day: “My Children Keep Asking: ‘Where’s Dad?’”
Eseta Butuivalu and her son Serupepeli Bolailai during the Fiji Police Remembrance Day at the Police Special Unit in Nasinu on September 29, 2017. Photo: Fonua Talei
September 30
12:16 2017


The children of the late Police Constable Akuila Bolalailai are still asking their mother where their dad is.

The late Constable Bolalailai was one of the 16 who were remembered during the Fiji Police Remembrance Day held at the Police Special Unit Station at Nasinu yesterday.

He passed away in March this year after he suffered from gallbladder cancer.

His wife Eseta Butuivalu, 29, said her four children keep questioning her about their dad.

“When I’m alone at home with my children, tears keep on falling when they start to question me about their dad,” she said.

“And it’s very hard for me to explain and tell them that their dad is dead and will never come back,” she said emotionally.

“Our eldest is five years old and the youngest is one month old. I was pregnant with our fourth child when my husband passed away. I was shocked when he died thinking of our four children.

“My husband always told me that the welfare of our children should be our priority and they should be looked after well.”

She described her husband as a man full of humour and it was very hard for him to get angry with her.

“He loved our children well and always provided them with what they needed,” she said.

“We were in our sixth year of marriage before God took him back.”

Ms Butuivalu is also a Police Constable based at the Police Special Unit in Nasinu.

“Being a widow and a mother of four I would not move back, I would stand up strong in looking after my children and their future.”

She thanked the Government and the Fiji Police Force for not forgetting them.

Chief Justice Anthony Gates said: “This small ceremony of remembrance accords respect both to the fallen officers and to their grieving relatives and friends.

“It is right that we do so.

“When they leave home each day their duty demands they do not shirk from a difficult or dangerous assignment that is placed on their way.

“Whatever their circumstances our response must be ‘what a loss’, and how hard it must be for their families.

“Sometimes we can see life style lessons.

“From that we are evolving Wellness Health and Lifestyle Committees to guide us to healthier ways of living. Usually there is a lesson.”

A wreath laying ceremony was conducted to mark the fallen officers.

Edited by Mohammed Ali



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