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Girl, 8, Described As One Who Had ‘A Bright Future Ahead Of Her’

The latest drowning victim has been described as a ‘girl who had a bright future ahead of her’. The eight-year-old girl, named  as Tulia, was found in the Vunimoli River
27 Nov 2017 11:56
Girl, 8, Described As One Who Had  ‘A Bright Future Ahead Of Her’
Police officers retrieving the body of Tulia from Vunimoli River , Labasa on November 26, 2017. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

The latest drowning victim has been described as a ‘girl who had a bright future ahead of her’.

The eight-year-old girl, named  as Tulia, was found in the Vunimoli River in Labasa yesterday.

She was reported missing by her aunt, whom she had accompanied in search of mussels on Saturday.

A search was conducted and her body was found yesterday.

Farmer, Mohammed Sharif, who is the employer of Tulia’s father, said: “Christmas is around the corner and Tulia will not be spending Christmas with her parents this year.

“She was an outgoing child, very talkative and had a bright future in front of her. She was in Year Three this year and she was always looking forward to going to school everyday.”

Mr Sharif said Tulia’s parents had been working for him for two years as caretakers of his farm.

“I brought them from Seaqaqa. Every Saturday they would go to the river to fish for their Sunday lunch.

“She will be deeply missed by her parents and her loved ones. It is sad that the couple, who are very hardworking and loving, have to go through something like this.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed, “The eight-year-old went diving for mussels with an aunt of hers on Saturday.” Her aunt dived in the river and on return she found Tulia was missing.

“There was a team deployed for her search,” she added.

Tulia’s parents were too traumatised to disclose any information.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  nacanieli.tuilevuka@fijisun.com.fj


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