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Seinimere Was My Role Model: Brother

Seinimere Was My Role Model: Brother
From left Mererai Vesikula 16, Nikolo Liganivuataki 10 and Makelesi Salaivalu 7 with uncle Nemani Savumiramira and family at their family house in Kalekana Lami on August 28,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.
August 29
12:13 2018

The late Seinimere Marama Vesikula was described as a hardworking person and someone who put others before herself.

The 39-year-old Fijian died while working in Samoa. It is alleged that she died after taking lymphatic filariasis tablets. Ms Vesikula hails from Namara in Tailevu, with maternal links to Burebasaga Village in Rewa. Her brother, Nemani Savumiramira, 35, was emotional as he described his sister as someone whom he looked up to.

“My sister left Fiji in 2013 to work in Samoa so that she can support her three children,” Mr Savumiramira said.

“She was a kind woman that doesn’t want others to worry about her. She was a single mother and she sends money home for her children.

“My mother has a small canteen that helps with the running of the family. Every December my sister comes home for two weeks. In the two weeks she never relaxes and always finds something to do.”

Mr Savumiramira said they were shocked when they heard the news of his sister’s death.

“On Sunday her boss flew all the way from Samoa to come home and relay the news to us,” he said.

“We were not expecting her to leave us so soon. All we could do was cry because we knew how humble she was. She was liked by everyone especially those who knew her.

“The family that she worked for was like family to us. They have been always there for us. They have really taken care of my sister as if she was their own. She has been working for them for more than 10 years.

“They will bring her body on Saturday and her funeral will be held on Tuesday,” Mr Savumiramira said.

With her passing, Mr Savumiramira said he was ready to look after his sister’s children.

“I told my wife that now we no longer have four children, but we have seven children.We are ready to look after my sister’s three children. I took things for granted because I knew my sister was always there. Now that she is no more we have learned to be as hard working as her.”

TV 1 Samoa reported that Ms Vesikula had died three days later after taking the Lymphatic Filariasis tablets.

It also reported that they were informed by Ms Vesikula’s close friends that she had become seriously ill and was coughing out blood. She was taken to the Motootua Hospital, where she died on Sunday.

TV 1 Samoa had made several requests to the Samoa National Health Services and the Samoan Ministry of Health’s chief executive officer Dr Take Naseri, who had declined to comment.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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