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Grieving Mum Remembers Son In Celebration

Celebrating Mother’s Day today will be different for the Tukana family of Stage 4 in Cunningham, Suva. More so for Salote Tukana, the grieving mother of Kitione Tukana, 21, who
08 May 2016 13:42
Grieving Mum Remembers Son In Celebration
Salote Tukana, with the picture of her late nephew Epeli Qarau Duaibe, 18, and Kitione Cama Tukana, 21 at her home in Cunnigham. Photo: Litia Cava

Celebrating Mother’s Day today will be different for the Tukana family of Stage 4 in Cunningham, Suva.

More so for Salote Tukana, the grieving mother of Kitione Tukana, 21, who was killed in a car crash two weeks ago. The late Kitione died after the car he was travelling in veered off Ratu Mara Road in Samabula, Suva, and plunged down a cliff opposite Bayview Heights. Two people died from that accident.

Ms Tukana was in Sydney, Australia, when she heard the news about Kitione’s tragic accident.

As Fijians and the world join in celebrating the lives of mothers, Ms Tukana will turn the attention to remember the good times she and her family spent with her son, Kitione.

Today she plans to celebrate Mother’s Day by her son’s grave at Lovonilase Cemetery in Suva.

“I remember this time last year during Mother’s Day; I had to leave early morning to fly off to Sydney, Australia, since my husband was there,” Ms Tukana said.

“I remember that morning Kiti woke up so early and questioned me as to why I was leaving since it was Mother’s Day, but I told him that I had no idea it was Mother’s Day, but I was going to be back soon.”

Despite the loss of one son, Ms Tukana is grateful to God for protecting the life of her younger son, Eliki, who was also in the car with Kitione at the time of the accident. She also has a daughter, who is the eldest.

“This Mother’s Day is totally a different one for me and my children since we will be celebrating it without my child,” she said.

“Thus, I thank God for his everlasting peace and love which has been able to carry us through this very difficult time.”

As life carries on for the Tukana family, Ms Tukana still ponders on one questions that lingers in her heart and mind – what did I do wrong.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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