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Why My Daughter?

Why my daughter? This was the question that a mother asked constantly as she wept and spoke openly of the sudden loss of her daughter, Mere Alievu, 14. Sili Keni,
16 Mar 2016 12:05
Why My Daughter?
Sili Keni holds up her daughter, Mere’s new uniform she was going to wear on Monday. Photo: Ronald Kumar Insert: Mere Alilevu

Why my daughter? This was the question that a mother asked constantly as she wept and spoke openly of the sudden loss of her daughter, Mere Alievu, 14.

Sili Keni, of Lepanoni Village, Pacific Harbour, tried her best to speak of her daughter but the emotions were just overwhelming.

Ms Keni’s daughter, a Year 7 student of Lomary Primary School in Galoa, Serua, was reported missing by her parents around midday on Monday.

A security officer later alerted Police that Mere’s half naked body was found lying motionless at Loloma Beach at around 4pm. The popular picnic spot is near Lepanoni Village.

Ms Keni said described it as an inhumane act.

“I had so many dreams for her future,” the weeping mother said.

“We just bought her new uniform last Saturday for her to wear it today. When I came I asked Police if I could have a glimpse of my daughter because the scene had been cordoned off. When I saw her, she was only wearing her undergarment, her bra was off and a Tee-shirt was tied around her head,” an emotional Ms Keni said.

“There was also blood dripping from her head. We suspect she might have been raped and murdered by someone because her pants were found a few metres away from where her body was found.”

 

Before disappearance

Mere, the eldest of six children from Lepanoni Village in Pacific Harbour had failed to return home on Sunday night.

After lunch on Sunday, Mere had gone for Palm Sunday rehearsal at their church behind the family house. When she returned, she then told her parents she was going to attend a church crusade taking place at the Assemblies of God Church, minutes away from their home.

At around 11pm on Sunday night, Ms Keni and her husband went searching for her but it was to no avail.

At 6am on Monday, she went out again looking for Mere but still there was no sign of her.

Growing very concerned, Ms Keni went to her husband at midday who was working at the the Coral Coast Christian Centre to report the matter to the Police.

A little after 4pm, Ms Keni received a daunting news. Her younger sister said Mere’s body was found.

“My heart aches now. I brought her up and fed her.

“She is a human being and deserves to be treated and protected; unfortunately the person who did this was so greedy.”

Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho confirmed they now have the post mortem results of Mere but declined to comment on allegations made by the family.

He said investigations were continuing.

 

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