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“Why Did They Have To Die So Young?”

Navitalai Vunisa, 50, wept openly for his daughter and granddaughter yesterday as the final rites were performed at their graveside in Serua. He spoke in Itaukei, he said: Oh my
06 Nov 2016 11:00
“Why Did They Have To Die So Young?”
Sisa Balekoto (left) comforts his son Rusiate Lalavanua as Marisela Reapi Vunisa(mother) and Esita Vunisa (sister) could not contain their emotion during the burial ceremony of the late Merewai Vunisa and her daughter Verenaisi Vugona at Serua yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Navitalai Vunisa, 50, wept openly for his daughter and granddaughter yesterday as the final rites were performed at their graveside in Serua.

He spoke in Itaukei, he said: Oh my child, why did you have to die so young.

His daughter, Merewai Vunisa, 22 and granddaughter, Verenaisi Vugona, 4, died after the vehicle they were travelling in veered off the road at Nanuku along the Kings Road last week.

“It is not easy, when I was told that Merewai and Verenaisi my granddaughter died, I never wanted to believe it until I went to the mortuary to see them with my two eyes.

“Why did they have to die so young?,” said Mr Vunisa.

He said that he could not eat anything for three days, all he was doing was drinking water.

“Merewai has always been my right hand in the family, whatever I want, she will always give it to me no matter how difficult things are. It’s really hard I can say and I can’t explain how much I will miss them. Merewai never complains of anything and she is a very cheerful person, likewise for my granddaughter, she is very close to me.

“They will always be in my heart,” he added.

Late Merewai’s mother, Marisela Vunisa, 43, said: “This is one of the difficult times for me and my husband, she is our eldest daughter and it is not easy,” she said.

Mrs Vunisa says her daughter leaving them is way too soon and they find it really hard to accept it.

“God gave her to us now he has taken her back, to God be the glory, we have lost one of our precious gift,” she added.

Sisa Balekolo also couldn’t stop his tears as he watched his daughter and wife buried.

“I can’t explain how much it hurts because I never expected my wife and daughter to be leaving me so soon,” he said.

Mr Balekolo said he would make sure he gives his best in raising his son to be a great man and that they can look out for each other in the future.

“Now that my wife and daughter are gone, I have to be strong and give all that I have to bring up my son since he’s just two.

“This morning I made up my mind to be with my son till he can be on his own.

“We have so many plans for our children and for our family so now I don’t know where and how to start again, she was a good wife and a good mother and I will surely miss my precious gems,” he said.

 

Edited By Maraia Vula

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