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Mourners Farewell Three Siblings, Father

No words could describe the pain Kaitiro Takaro felt when she saw the lifeless bodies of her husband and three children. Her husband, Mohammed Khaiyum was 38-years-old. Her children were
01 Apr 2017 14:03
Mourners Farewell Three Siblings, Father
Kaitiro Takaro consoled by relatives as she watch the dead bodies of her husband, Mohammed Khaiyum, children- Mohammed Ayaan, Mohammed Arman and Ahana Khaiyum at Baiganvanua, a settlement in Batinikama, Labasa yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

No words could describe the pain Kaitiro Takaro felt when she saw the lifeless bodies of her husband and three children.

Her husband, Mohammed Khaiyum was 38-years-old. Her children were Mohammed Ayaan, 7, Mohammed Arman, 4, and Ahana Khaiyum, 1.

Hundreds waited at Baiganvanua, a settlement at Batinikama, Labasa, for more than two hours yesterday to pay their respects to the family.

Family spokesperson Mohammed Zubedaar, 70, informed the gathering under the tarpaulin that only 10 minutes would be allowed for immediate families to say their last goodbyes to their loved ones who were covered with green sheets.

Mr Zubedaar, while standing in front of Ms Takaro said: “Don’t cry over your loss because it’s not anyone’s fault and whatever happened it happened according to Allah’s will.”

He advised her and the family to be at peace and think ahead what they have to do.

 

 

Meanwhile, Ms Takaro cried bitterly and made attempts to look at the faces of her children and husband one last time, but it was declined.

The elders advised that there was not enough time left since the bodies arrived after the post mortem and they had to rush to Batinikama cemetery for burial.

Ms Takaro, while speaking in Hindi, said her parents died and now her husband and children had as well.

“I am going to survive for my only son, Mohammed Azar,10, and stay with my in-laws since Azar still needs medical attention after surviving from the alleged drowning,” the 27-year-old mother originally from Rabi Island said.

“The last time I spoke to my husband was over the phone was on Monday afternoon when I was in Nabouwalu.

“I left the house after a long endurance of abuse

“My husband said to return and I wanted to, but there was no transport in the afternoon from Nabouwalu to Labasa.

“I told him I will come in the morning, but he didn’t want to listen and said to me watch the news and hear the radio morning (Tuesday) because they will live no more.

“I couldn’t talk further to him because my phone died.

“I can’t believe my 12 years of marriage ended in such a way.”

Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that the post mortem was done yesterday morning.

However, she could not release the findings of the post mortem examinations.

“We are able to now confirm that four children were allegedly thrown into the Labasa River by their 38-year-old father on Monday night,” Ms Naisoro said in an earlier statement.

“The 10-year-old victim who survived the incident has stated that his father had allegedly thrown his siblings into the Labasa River.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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