Fam­ily mourns death of girl, 2

TWO-YEAR-OLD GIRL DROWNS IN A CREEK NEAR HER HOME WHERE SHE USED TO PLAY

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - Selita Bolana­vanua

Heart­bro­ken mother, Cema Tui­liku, of Lokia, Rewa, says the loss of her daugh­ter, twoyear-old Su­sana Emele, is the most painful ex­pe­ri­ence. Su­sana is be­lieved to have drowned on Wed­nes­day at a creek close to their fam­ily home. She had told her mother that she wanted to be­come a doc­tor when she grows up.

Heart­bro­ken Lokia mother Cema Tui­liku is still try­ing to come to terms with her two-year-old daugh­ter’s drown­ing. Su­sana Emele be­came the lat­est drown­ing vic­tim on Wed­nes­day. Mrs Tui­liku, 35, was ly­ing on the floor yes­ter­day, with tears in her eyes try­ing to ex­plain how much her daugh­ter meant to her.

“This is one of the painful mo­ments in my life, be­cause she’s my youngest child, said Mrs Tui­liku. Cema Tui­liku and hus­band Setareki Dau­vere, 43, have four chil­dren named As­esela Bulileka, 10, Jos­ese Dakui­boca, 9, Ti­tilia, 5, and Su­sana. “I went to Nau­sori Town on that day and re­turned around 3pm, she came run­ning to me when she saw me then she was ask­ing me for Bongo. We came home off­load my stuff and I gave her snacks, she was just play­ing in the house and silently went out­side with­out me know­ing be­cause I was chat­ting with other ladies in the house,” said Mrs Tui­liku Af­ter few min­utes I heard some­one call­ing me and telling me that my daugh­ter was in the wa­ter, I came run­ning to check on her but un­for­tu­nately I met her dead.” Mrs Tui­liku said that her daugh­ter was a very in­tel­li­gent lit­tle girl, she joined Lokia Com­mu­nity Kinder­garten and she was the youngest in class.

Her kinder­garten teacher, Elesi Bar­avi­lala, said: “She was a very smart girl, when­ever I tell them to paint some pic­tures, she will be the first one to grab colours and paint, and she even ex­plained her­self to me when I asked her to. Su­sana was al­ways the first one to get to school ev­ery morn­ing.” The ques­tion, Mrs Tui­liku couldn’t get out of her mind is: “Why wasn’t she with her daugh­ter when the in­ci­dent hap­pened?

“She is a smart girl and she’s a good child, she told me she wanted to be­come a doc­tor when she grows up,” Mrs Tui­liku said. “Su­sana is just a kid but what she know is far be­yond her age. There has never been a drown­ing case in this vil­lage be­fore and this is the first one, I don’t know why and how it hap­pened,” she said with tears. Su­sana drowned in a creek few steps be­hind their home at Lokia Vil­lage, Rewa. Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Why my daugh­ter?... Cema Tui­liku, 35, (left) with daugh­ter Ti­tilia Dakui­boca, 5, who are still try­ing to come to terms with tragic death of Su­sana Emele, 2, (IN­SET) at home in Lokia, Rewa, yes­ter­day.

Usaia Vaka­cabegoli (left), with Arieta Iowane, 5, who saw two-year-old Su­sana Emele drown in the creek near her home in Lokia on Wed­nes­day.

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