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Wife: Don’T Hurt My Husband

A young mother yesterday appealed to her husband’s captors, “Please save my husband and don’t hurt him for my children’s sake.” Arieta Vakaduadua, 24, of Mokani Village in Tailevu, was
01 Sep 2014 07:48
Wife: Don’T Hurt My Husband
Semi Kunatani.

A young mother yesterday appealed to her husband’s captors, “Please save my husband and don’t hurt him for my children’s sake.”

Arieta Vakaduadua, 24, of Mokani Village in Tailevu, was in tears as she asked the rebel group, al-Nusra, to release him and other Fijian peacekeepers. Her husband, Ratu Emosi Ranatawake Vakaduadua, 23, is among the 44 Fijian United Nations peacekeepers detained by al-Qaeda’s primary affiliate in Syria, the al- Nusra rebel group at Position 27, in the Golan Heights on Thursday.

Ratu Emosi left the country on August 18 to serve his first mission at the Golan Heights leaving behind his wife and two children, a daughter Hannah Vakaduadua, two, and five- weeks-old son Ratu Ilaitia Vakaduadua.

Mrs Vakaduadua said she last spoke to her husband on Tuesday afternoon.

“He called and we talked, our usual conversations but he never told us that the situation that side was tense,” she said.

“On Friday I heard over the news about the soldiers being captured.

“I was lost after hearing about it because he is the sole breadwinner in our family and both our children are so small, if anything happens to him I will not know what to tell my children and I also do not know what I would do without him,” she said.

Ratu Emosi’s mother Fane Vakaduadua said before her son left, he had asked her to say a prayer with him and to look after his small family.

Sainimili Wainiqolo, in the same village, said husband Jone Wainiqolo was also one of the 44 soldiers.

Mrs Wainiqolo said he had served 25 years in the military and had been on missions in Iraq and Lebanon but this was the first time such an incident had occurred.

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