Sigavere: I feel like a piece of me is gone

Merewalesi Sigavere shows a picture of her husband Aseri Doidoi who allegedly drowned in the Nadi River last Thursday. His body was recovered by villagers at the weekend. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

GRIEVING Nagado villager Merewalesi Sigavere says she lost a source of strength in her husband Aseri Doidoi who allegedly drowned in the Nadi River last Thursday.

Her husband, who was returning from their family cattle farm, was swept away by strong currents.

He was later found by villagers on Saturday afternoon.

Mrs Sigavere said when she found out about her husband’s tragic death, she was left powerless over the loss.

“I feel like a piece of me is gone,” she said from her home in Nagado yesterday.

“He was our strength and was someone we could really depend on.”

She said she could not break the news to their three children on Thursday night. “My two sons were away in school and our youngest daughter did not know anything.

“She woke up on Friday morning asking for her father, but I couldn’t tell her. I wanted her to go to school and then break the news to her when she came back home.

“We are still crying over him. My son found his wallet in his room and there was $27 in it. “I told him to take $25 and top up his bus card and use it to go to school.

“That will be your father’s last gift to you.”

Villagers found Mr Doidoi’s body on Saturday after a search party was organised. According to police, the 51-year-old was returning with other villagers when he was swept away by strong currents.

A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out later this week.

The drowning toll stands at three, the same during this period last year.

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