Seven-year-old Nivek Madams is frozen in time.

She's suspended in the air, part way through her jump from the three to the two on a set of hopscotch squares scribbled on the footpath. A discarded piece of white chalk lies nearby, the sunlight is shining through her long, dark hair.

The photo was taken in a better time. Back when mother Ani Nohinohi still had her precious daughter. Back when unspeakable tragedy had yet to hit.

In the picture, Nivek is dressed in pink. It's the same colour as the cross that was placed in her honour on the


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