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Help three children

Mere Naleba
Sunday, December 22, 2013

THE Tongan community in Fiji is encouraging members of the public to assist them in buying Christmas gifts for the three Tongan children admitted at the Lautoka Hospital.

The three children — Fisi Peau, 5, Grace Patolo, 5, Ana Kaitonua, 3 are alleged to have been attacked by a 22-year-old woman who was in a de facto relationship with their father.

The children's mother Sisi Taofa Patolo, 33, and their seven-month-old baby sister Sarah Patolo died from the attack.

Secretary of the Tongan Community in Fiji Eleni Tevi said it is sad that just a month after the inception of the committee in Fiji, the life of a Tongan woman and her baby had been taken away in a most inhumane manner.

"I am starting to dialogue with the committee about the incident," she said.

"I am contacting Tongans living in Tonga about the identity of the deceased.

"And I will be looking into people who wish to assist in terms of the funeral arrangements and perhaps Christmas presents for the children."

Ms Tevi said it is only right for the Tongan community to send off the mother and daughter in a humane way as they had exited this world through such a terrible incident.

"The unfortunate inhumane incident of the killing itself is sad because it happened during a joyous occasion," she said.

"If you wish to help, this is a good way to help for Christmas."

She said the Tongan community in Fiji is more saddened by the fact that they were not aware of the fact that the woman was in Fiji and was in such a situation.

Ms Tevi is urging members of the public and Tongans in Fiji to come forward and assist the three children during this time of "uncertainty in their lives".