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Losing My Daughter Most Painful Experience: Mother

Heartbroken Lokia mother Cema Tuiliku is still trying to come to terms with her two-year-old daughter’s drowning. Susana Emele became the latest drowning victim on Wednesday. Mrs Tuiliku, 35, was
30 Sep 2016 09:23
Losing My Daughter Most Painful Experience: Mother
Usaia Vakacabegoli (left), with Arieta Iowane, 5, who saw two-year-old Susana Emele drown in the creek near her home in Lokia on Wednesday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Heartbroken Lokia mother Cema Tuiliku is still trying to come to terms with her two-year-old daughter’s drowning. Susana Emele became the latest drowning victim on Wednesday.

Mrs Tuiliku, 35, was lying on the floor yesterday, with tears in her eyes trying to explain how much her daughter meant to her.

“This is one of the painful moments in my life, because she’s my youngest child, said Mrs Tuiliku.

Cema Tuiliku and husband Setareki Dauvere, 43, have four children named Asesela Bulileka, 10, Josese Dakuiboca, 9, Titilia, 5, and Susana.

“I went to Nausori Town on that day and returned around 3pm, she came running to me when she saw me then she was asking me for Bongo. We came home offload my stuff and I gave her snacks, she was just playing in the house and silently went outside without me knowing because I was chatting with other ladies in the house,” said Mrs Tuiliku

After few minutes I heard someone calling me and telling me that my daughter was in the water, I came running to check on her but unfortunately I met her dead.”

Mrs Tuiliku said that her daughter was a very intelligent little girl, she joined Lokia Community Kindergarten and she was the youngest in class.

Her kindergarten teacher, Elesi Baravilala, said: “She was a very smart girl, whenever I tell them to paint some pictures, she will be the first one to grab colours and paint, and she even explained herself to me when I asked her to. Susana was always the first one to get to school every morning.”

The question, Mrs Tuiliku couldn’t get out of her mind is: “Why wasn’t she with her daughter when the incident happened?

“She is a smart girl and she’s a good child, she told me she wanted to become a doctor when she grows up,” Mrs Tuiliku said.

“Susana is just a kid but what she know is far beyond her age. There has never been a drowning case in this village before and this is the first one, I don’t know why and how it happened,” she said with tears.

Susana drowned in a creek few steps behind their home at Lokia Village, Rewa. Police are continuing their investigations.

Edited by Maraia Vula

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