Soldier Son Makes Mother Proud
Erini Marama, 51, was among the proud mothers who were present on Thursday morning at the Nadi International Airport to farewell their sons leaving our shores for peacekeeping duties.
Fifty soldiers from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces left to serve with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai.
Private Iliesa Madigikula, 25, said he was prepared for his first tour of duty, taking into consideration the situation being volatile.
“As a soldier there should be no fear despite what the situation is,” the Naseibitu, Wainibuka, native said.
“This is the job as peacekeepers and we have to respect it, I have done a lot of sacrifice to be on this plane and do hope that family’s and friends’ prayers shall be with me.”
Ms Marama said: “He always tried his best in anything his hand would come across and we are happy for the decision taken by him.
“He got enlisted and graduated early this year and I’m happy to see him going in his first tour of duty.”
Private Madigikula attended Tailevu North College before joining Fiji National University to complete an engineering course.
Meanwhile, Lance Corporal Josefa Lalabalavu, 47, is on his third tour of duty to Sinai.
His wife, Salanieta and their six children, braved the early morning chill to farewell their father.
“We will miss him for another one year, there will be Facebook and Skype but there is nothing like staying together but we are accustomed to it,” she said.
Lance Corporal Lalabalavu, originally from Cuvu, Nadroga, has been to Liban (Lebanon) three times, Iraq (2), and East Timor once.
Meanwhile, another 50 RFMF troops from Sinai is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.