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Marama Says Pain of Losing Son Still Fresh

An emotional Ms Marama said she was grateful to FCS for its kind gesture in providing a headstone for his son.
24 Aug 2020 15:33
Marama Says Pain of Losing Son Still Fresh
Grieving mother Kalesi Marama at the unveiling of his late son’s headstone at the Nasinu Cemetry on August 22, 2020. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

A year after her eldest son’s death, grieving mother Kalesi Marama says the pain was still as fresh as the day she received the dreadful news.

Her son, Pauliasi Korowaqa, a temporary Corrections officer with the Fiji Corrections Services (FCS) died after an alleged nightclub brawl in Nadi in May last year.

On Saturday, Mr Rokowaqa’s headstone was one of the nine unveiled by their family members at the Nasinu Cemetery.

Led by FCS Deputy Commissioner, Senior Superintendent Apakuki Qura, it was part of the Fiji Corrections Service programme to honour fallen officers who died while in service.

An emotional Ms Marama said she was grateful to FCS for its kind gesture in providing a headstone for his son.

“I thank God for their good hearts, and for giving their time and resource to provide my son’s headstone,” Ms Marama said.

“The past year hasn’t been an easy journey for me as a mum, at times when I meet my son’s colleagues I just break down as I think of him,” she said.

“Some people say time can heal the pain, but for me I still haven’t accepted the fact that my son, is no more.

“I did not dream that I was going to bury my son but God had different plans. It has been painful but I have always asked God to mend and heal my pain.”

She said she had big plans for his son as he was one that she could depend on to help her all the time.

“I have eight children and Pau was always like my right hand,” she said.

“Whatever I needed, he was there. A big part of me has been taken away when he passed away.”

Mr Korowaqa was described as a trusted young man who showed interest and responsibility with all tasks rendered to him by the Fiji Corrections Service.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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