SUNCITY

Nawalu’s Wife Tells Of Former Suva Captain’s Call

Twenty seven-year-old Nia Waqavonovono did not know that her husband, Ilitomasi Nawalu would be taken hostage by Syrian rebels on the same day she was talking to him through Skype.
03 Sep 2014 09:36
Nawalu’s Wife Tells Of Former Suva Captain’s Call
Shama Devi with her grandson, Pranshu Prasad (left) offering their Maha Shivratri prayer at Samabula Shiv Temple on February 22, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Twenty seven-year-old Nia Waqavonovono did not know that her husband, Ilitomasi Nawalu would be taken hostage by Syrian rebels on the same day she was talking to him through Skype.

Mr Nawalu, a former Suva Rugby Union captain and also FRESH’ET Navy Rugby Club captain, is one of Fiji’s peacekeepers detained.
He left the country for peacekeeping duties in the Golan Heights on August 16, 2014.

At the Centenary church, tears rolled down her wife’s face as she described how she felt during the prayer vigil at midday yesterday.
“We were talking on Skype at about 2.30am Fiji time and 11.30pm there on August 19 which was the same day the soldiers were taken captive.

“This is his first mission overseas and it is so sad that this happened,”Mrs Waqavonovono said.

The couple has been married for four years now.

She said she was sure that the prayers and support of her family, friends and the nation will help bring her husband back.

“I’m strong knowing that he is stronger and my message for him is that I do not care if he returns with one limb but as long as he returns.

“My prayers and my love are with him, “she said.

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