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Children’s Rights Vs Their Safety – A Village Headman’s Concern

Mr Vaisova said that the parents of the late Temalesi believed that their 10-year-old daughter was taking a nap after lunch, which is why they were shocked when other children were calling out for help after she had drowned.
16 Nov 2021 12:54
Children’s Rights Vs Their Safety – A Village Headman’s Concern
Sakiusa Sakarau points to the spot where Temalesi drowned on Nabiti River. INSET: The Nabiti River on November 14, 2021. Photo: Laisa Lui

Children knowing and exerting their rights over our decisions has taken its toll and we as parents and guardians are helpless.

This is what Nabiti Village headman Selanai Vaisova said after 10-year-old Temalesi Votea became the nation’s latest drowning victim. She was among the children who went swimming in a flooded river, despite numerous warnings not to.

“On Saturday the village Police had chased the children out of the flooded waters numerous times,” Mr Vaisova said.

“They would come out of the water and when no one is looking, they would go back in.

“Even when we’re talking to them, they act as if they’re not hearing us because they know they will not be given any beatings because of their rights.”

Mr Vaisova said that the parents of the late Temalesi believed that their 10-year-old daughter was taking a nap after lunch, which is why they were shocked when other children were calling out for help after she had drowned.

Eleven village Police were appointed at Nabiti Village after Temalesi’s drowning.

Mr Vaisova stated that another eight village police were later appointed. They also had Save the Children Fiji conduct an awareness programme in the village.

Temalesi’s post mortem was carried out yesterday.

The grieving family are expected to bring her body home today before her burial tomorrow.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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