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Missing Talei: ‘I Pray She Is Still Alive’, Hopes Grandmother

In my heart I know my Talei is still alive. And I pray for her everyday. I pray that she is alive and well and I also pray for her safe return.
08 Dec 2019 10:37
Missing Talei: ‘I Pray She Is Still Alive’, Hopes Grandmother
Still missing... Talei Raikadroka, 3, of Kalekana settlement in Lami.

If you have taken my little Talei, please bring her back.

This is what Arieta Ronaiqato, the distraught grandmother of missing three-year-old girl Talei Raikadroka of Kalekana said.

She said there was no other explanation for the mysterious disappearance of her granddaughter, who went missing on November 30.

“In my heart I know my Talei is still alive. And I pray for her everyday. I pray that she is alive and well and I also pray for her safe return,” she said tearfully as she sat by a dress which she claimed was worn by Talei on Friday night, the eve of her disappearance.

“If someone has taken her, please bring her back. Don’t be scared just bring her back. I cannot imagine what my Talei is going through”.

Kalekana resident, Samuela Tabu said it would be hard for someone to take the little girl without anyone noticing.

“This place is very busy because people are awake all through the night and there is movement,” he said.

There is also talk of superstition. Some are saying that it looks as if the girl just vanished. Many do not believe that is the case.

“I was born and raised here. In the old days, the practice of black magic was rife in Kalekana,” Mr Tabu said.

“Not anymore. That practice has gone with the older generation.”

Police are still looking for the Talei.

Please call the Southern Division Command Center on 9905529 if you have any information that could help the Police to locate Talei.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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