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Mother Wants To See Her Son, Pleads For Information

A mother, exhausted from searching for her missing son since Sunday in Lautoka, yesterday prayed that she would see him again. Her biggest worry is that if her second youngest,
02 Mar 2017 11:02
Mother Wants To See Her Son, Pleads For Information
Pita Baravilala Junior’s last picture taken. This was on Saturday with his aunt Losalini Edwina at Sandalwood Street where he went missing a day later.

A mother, exhausted from searching for her missing son since Sunday in Lautoka, yesterday prayed that she would see him again.

Her biggest worry is that if her second youngest, two-year-old Pita Baravilala (Jnr) is still alive out there somewhere, his biggest fear is of the darkness.

Asilika Edwina Baravilala’s hopes stems from an incident in December 2015, which to this day, has left them dumbfounded on what exactly happened that day.

It was on a rainy day, similar to that on Sunday, when her eldest son, Joseph Esperanza Baravilala, who was then two years three months old, went missing from their home in Natabua, Lautoka.

“It was a rainy Saturday afternoon and Joseph had come into the house and asked for a cup of water and went missing – just like that,” Mrs Baravilala said.

She said the alarm was raised when he could not be found in the surrounding vicinity and a search was made.

The next morning, a family living in Saru, which is further inside from Natabua, heard their dogs barking outside and sensed someone, was there.

Upon checking, they saw Joseph, his wet clothes covered in mud, with some scratches and shivering in the backyard. After changing him and giving him something to eat, he was later reunited with his family.

To this day, the family do not know who took him or how he ended up in Saru.

“Every now and then, he sometimes says out of the blue that he was being taken away and then he says he is lying on some rocks in the water,” Ms Baravilala said.

“However he has not told us who took him away that day.”

As for Junior, Mrs Baravilala and her husband, Timoci and the whole family, had searched the drains from Sandalwood Street, right through to where it meets the creek leading to Vunato and on to the sea.

Mr Baravilala has taken time off from his work at Air Terminal Services.

A six-year-old cousin of Junior’s, Usaia Matavesi, had told family members that he (Junior) had fallen into a drain beside their great grandmother’s home in Sandalwood Street in Lautoka during a downpour.

“We have searched the whole way, overturning anything that was there and in most cases the water was not even deep,” Ms Baravilala said.

Other family members had started their search from the seaside and come up inland but there was still no sign of Junior.

“We have hardly had any sleep from Sunday and have also had no appetite.”

Ms Baravilala’s twin sister, Losalini Katarina, said she stayed with her great grandmother at Sandalwood Street and was with Junior but left on Saturday to go to her twin’s home.

“On Sunday we received a phone call in the afternoon asking all of us to go to Sandalwood Street and were later told what happened when we reached,” Ms Katarina said.

Ms Baravilala said they had plans to go back to that house in Saru where Joseph was found in 2015 and maybe get some answers.

“We want closure on this as all we want now is to see Junior in person – regardless of what has happened to him.

“I need to see him and then I will be at rest.”

She expressed disappointment at some people who had started hinting that parental negligence was involved.

“My son Junior was so used to my great grandmother and spent most of his time with her and the rest of the family there.

“We always visit him or he comes up with Losalini to us but he was so used to my great grandmother.”

She has asked the public if they have information to contact the Police.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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