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Mum Battles Suicidal Thoughts and Struggles for her Children

“The faces of my children comes into my mind when I close my eyes to end my life. It hurts me that I am not able to protect them from the harsh reality of the life we are going through."
16 Jan 2022 17:01
Mum Battles Suicidal Thoughts and  Struggles  for her Children
Jessie Liko shows her leaving condition after her home was burnt late last year. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Life has never been plain sailing for 35-year-old Jessie Liku, but when her house was burned, allegedly by her now former partner, it was the last straw.

Thoughts of suicide crossed her mind multiple times, but it was the faces of her children that made her change her decision about ending her life.

Her house at Edinburgh Settlement, Suva was burned on December 4, 2020.

The mother of five children is hoping that Fijians will help her rebuild her home so that her children will not have to live in the shelter that she built from what was left of her burnt home.

“The faces of my children comes into my mind when I close my eyes to end my life. It hurts me that I am not able to protect them from the harsh reality of the life we are going through.

“I know I have to be tough for my children, but at times I just can’t think of a way out. I don’t want to see my children suffer and it hurts when they look at me knowing that they want answers.”

Allegation

She alleged that her de-facto partner burned the house, claiming that he was after money.

“I don’t know who to turn to anymore because the person who was supposed to provide security to my kids and I turned out to be the one that (allegedly) destroyed it for us.

“It hurts to see my children like this, and I am pleading with Fijians to help me rebuild our home. If someone is willing to provide a job for me, I would be more than willing to work for them so that I can feed my children.

“At the moment, my children are living with my mother at my sister’s home while I try to rebuild our home. My youngest child is eight months and things are hard for my family now.”

Ms Liku said she doesn’t want her children to suffer like she did.

On the Street

“I lived on the street since I was 18-years-old before I met the father of my three children, but things didn’t go well. When we separated, I went back to the street where I met my partner who is also the father of my two younger children,” she said.

“I could not stop myself from crying when I saw our home burning. We already had nothing and the only thing we had was destroyed. I do not want to give up on my children, but it is hard.

Fiji Police Force spokesperson Wame Bautolu has confirmed that Ms Liku’s de-facto partner was arrested, and the case was before the court.

If you wish to assist Ms Liku, you can reach out to her on this number: 2313284

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