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Mum Whose Daughter Drowned Tells Of The Hardest Night Of Her Life

The mother of the latest drowning victim has told of the hardest night of her life when villagers went searching for her daughter. The body of Esira Ranadi was discovered
25 Nov 2017 14:09
Mum Whose Daughter Drowned Tells Of The Hardest Night Of Her Life
Losalini Ciriwai (holding child) mother of the deceased with an aunt at Mavua Village in Navosa. Photo: Lusi Banuve

The mother of the latest drowning victim has told of the hardest night of her life when villagers went searching for her daughter.

The body of Esira Ranadi was discovered on Thursday afternoon after a search for her began after lunch on Wednesday.

The family are from Mavua Village in Navosa.

Losalini Ciriwai said her daughter was partially physically-disadvantaged. She said that day, she fed Esira lunch, bathed her and started cleaning up in the house when Esira slipped out of the house.

“The village was empty because everyone had gone for the school prizegiving. I was cleaning up and didn’t notice her missing until I started to lock up to go with her to our turaga-ni-koro’s house,” the 29-year-old mother of four said.

“When I came to ask at the turaga-ni-koro’s house they said they saw her sitting at the bus shelter but thought that she would just be there for a little while before coming up again to the house.

“I couldn’t sleep a wink. I was up just crying and praying for my daughter. She can’t walk properly, a side of her face is slightly deformed and all I could think of was what and where could she be at that hour.

“It was the hardest night of my life.”

Villager and aunt to Esira, Tavenisa Marama, said the search began as soon as people started returning from the school prizegiving.

“Because it had been raining and the current in the river was strong, we had to wait for others to arrive so we could notify the Police and the people who own Safari Tours so we could ask them for help.”

On Thursday, after combing the river banks and more search groups going upstream, Esira’s lifeless body was found washed ashore on the rocks near Raiwaqa Village.

Ms Ciriwai said: “It was such a sad sight. She lay there lifeless and still.”

Yesterday, Esira’s father was away at the Sigatoka District hospital attending to the post-mortem.

She is expected to be buried on Wednesday.

Police are investigating the incident.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  lusiana.banuve@fijisun.com.fj



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