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A thankful mum's anguish

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, March 04, 2018

JOWANA Kauyaca is still trying to come to terms with the sudden death of her son, Iliesa Tawalo, who was on board the Cessna 172 aircraft that crashed at the Delaikoro mountain range on Vanua Levu.

The Bukuya, Ba native said it would take some time before she could accept that her son was no more.

Ms Kauyaca said she prayed for God to heal her broken heart adding she's had sleepless nights since Monday thinking of her son as news of the missing aircraft broke.

"The only thing that came to my mind was if he had been alive and I prayed to God to keep his eyes on my son," she said.

"Yesterday (Friday) as I stood outside the Labasa mortuary to identify the body of my son, I had a million thoughts race across my mind and I was thinking that this is the same son that I had carried for nine months.

"My soul cried out silently as I viewed his body because I could not almost recognise him.

"I continue to thank God for the life of my son and my prayers is that He will bless those that helped in the location of the Cessna 172 crash site and Iliesa's remains because it means the world to me."

Ms Kauyaca was adamant about taking her son's remains back to Nadi but she said they were still liaising with police on the matter.

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