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‘Being An Army Wife is Noble’

‘Being An Army Wife is Noble’
Till we meet again ... RFMF peacekeepers board the chartered flight bound for Tel Aviv yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
August 17
10:53 2015

The life of an army wife is not always glamorous but it is one of the noblest, says Ana Kemona Ratuvili.

She is the wife of Sergeant Senitiki Ratuvili, 52, who was part of the 147 Republic of Fiji Military Force peacekeepers who that departed for peacekeeping duties in the Golan Heights. They on board the Air Jordan-chartered flight yesterday.

Mrs Ratuvili, 50, was among the close families who bid farewell to their fathers, brothers, and sisters who they will not see for a year.

“While I’m used to seeing my husband depart for his tour of duties, it is always not easy,” she said.

Ms Ratuvili, who is from Malakati, Nacula, Yasawa said it was a challenge in the beginning because life was not plain sailing.

“Since his first tour in Lebanon I’ve been wearing two hats at home; that of a mother and a father to our children and four grandchildren.”

She said it was prayers that kept them going through all the time he had been away.

Meanwhile, Mr and Mrs Ratuvuli celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary last Friday with their five children.

“We had moved our anniversary forward from this Thursday to last Friday since he will be away.

“I told him to come back with his comrades all in one piece and may God be with them.”

She said those that had their fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters serving on foreign land for peacekeeping would agree with the words penned by Maya Angelou, an American poet, ‘Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.’



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