Daughter’s Trip Makes Mum Proud
Fifty-six-year-old mother Alita Tamanikaira could not hold back her tears when she bid her daughter farewell yesterday.
Mrs Tamanikaira said she was not expecting her daughter to leave soon for peacekeeping duties.
“I kept telling her that she was going to go but we did not expect it to be so soon.
“When she left she told me not to worry and that she has gone there to make sure that she pays me and her dad back for raising her up,” she said at the Nadi International Airport.
Private Loata Tamanikaira was among the 25 Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel who left for Iraq for UN peacekeeping duties. “Being the first of my children to travel overseas Loata has really made us proud with her achievement,” Mrs Tamanikaira said.
“We know where she has gone to is not a safe place but I have told her that Fiji may be far but God is always near so seek him for comfort.”
Private Tamanikaira was described as a hardworking soul.
“Loata may not have achieved the highest level of education but she never knew when to give up. My daughter has gone through many challenges to get to where she is now and we are very happy with her,” Mrs Tamanikaira said.
The Wainibuka native from Tailevu is expected to return home after a year.
“We hope and pray that the good Lord will be with my daughter during her one year stay in Iraq,” Mrs Tamanikaira said.