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Ilisapeci Celebrates 2nd Birthday At The Border

It was an emotional moment for Ms Tanioria as she watched her granddaughter, who is also her namesake, waved at her from the other side of the border.
23 Aug 2021 11:00
Ilisapeci Celebrates 2nd Birthday At The Border
Ilisapeci Tanioria with her special birthday cake delivered by her grandmother at the Wainadoi containment border on August 21, 2021 Photo: Ronald Kumar

The only thing Ilisapeci Tanioria could do to celebrate her granddaughter’s 2nd birthday was tossing her cake across the table at the Wainadoi border.

It was an emotional moment for Ms Tanioria as she watched her granddaughter, who is also her namesake, waved at her from the other side of the border.

Little Ilisapeci travelled from Navua with her dad, Aminiasi Tanioria and other family members to meet her granny.

“We could not celebrate my daughter’s first birthday last year because of COVID-19 and this year’s situation has worsened and my daughter could only see her granny from this side of the border,” Mr Tanioria said.

He added that his mum, Ilisapeci Tanioria (senior) who lives in Vatuwaqa ordered a special birthday cake which she wanted to deliver herself at the border.

“My mum cried as she could only wave and slide the box of cake across the table.

“My daughter waved back and tried to walk to her but couldn’t as we were strictly instructed by the Police Officers manning the checkpoint to maintain the distance,” he said.

Mr Tanioria is hoping that his daughter would be able to celebrate her third birthday with her grandmother next year.

He is also hoping that things normalises soon. Mr Tanioria is requesting all Fijians to vaccinate and follow all COVID-19 safety protocols in place by the Ministry of Health for everyone’s safety.

Edited by Selita Rabuku

Feedback: ronaldk@fijisun.com.fj



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